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Writer:
Alan Jay Lerner (story)
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Release Date:
11 November 1951 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
What a joy! It's M-G-M's Technicolor musical!
Plot:
Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 6 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Kelly ... Jerry Mulligan

Leslie Caron ... Lise Bouvier

Oscar Levant ... Adam Cook
Georges Guétary ... Henri Baurel (as Georges Guetary)

Nina Foch ... Milo Roberts
The American In Paris Ballet ... Ballet Dancers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Ames ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Joan Anderson ... Child in Ballet (uncredited)
Marie Antoinette Andrews ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Martha Bamattre ... Mathilde Mattieu (uncredited)
Felice Basso ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Bastin ... Smiling Young Man (uncredited)
Joan Bayley ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Janine Bergez ... Girl (uncredited)
Rodney Bieber ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Madge Blake ... Edna Mae Bestram (uncredited)
Ralph Blum ... Patron at Flodair Café (uncredited)
Nan Boardman ... Maid (uncredited)
Dino Bolognese ... Bartender (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Georges Matthieu (uncredited)
Ann Brendon ... 'Stairway to Paradise' Dancer (uncredited)
Florence Brundage ... Fury (uncredited)
Monica Bucky ... Girl (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... Artist (uncredited)
David Carlin ... Strongman (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... 'Stairway to Paradise' Dancer (uncredited)
Monique Chantal ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Andre Charisse ... Patron at Flodair Café / Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Ann Codee ... Therese (uncredited)
Louise Colombet ... Woman with Cats (uncredited)
Allan Cook ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Adèle Coray ... Honeymooner (uncredited)
Susan Cummings ... Patron at Flodair Café (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... Waiter (uncredited)
Viola Daniels ... Patron at Flodair Café (uncredited)
George Davis ... François (uncredited)
Paul De Corday ... Bartender (uncredited)
René de Loffre ... Boy (uncredited)
George Dee ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ralph Del Campo ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Gloria DeWerd ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Jeannine Ducasse ... Girl (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Driver (uncredited)
John Eldredge ... Jack Jansen (uncredited)
Carli Elinor ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Marietta Elliott ... 'Stairway to Paradise' Dancer (uncredited)
George Ellsworth ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Eugene Faccuito ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Ernie Flatt ... Dancing G.I. (uncredited)
Marie Francoise ... Girl (uncredited)
Eric Freeman ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Jane French ... 'Stairway to Paradise' Dancer (uncredited)
Captain Garcia ... Man at Shutters (uncredited)
John Gardner ... Child in Ballet (uncredited)
Mary Ellen Gleason ... 'Stairway to Paradise' Dancer (uncredited)
Shirley Glickman ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Ricardo Gonzáles ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Madeline Gradin ... Child in Ballet (uncredited)
André Guy ... Boy (uncredited)
Claude Guy ... Boy (uncredited)
Judy Hall ... Girl at Ball (uncredited)
Patricia Hall ... 'Stairway to Paradise' Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Hannon ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Harmon ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Jean Harrison ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Linda Heller ... Child in Ballet (uncredited)
Marian Horosko ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Don Hulbert ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Dickie Humphreys ... Dancing G.I. (uncredited)
Harvey Karels ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
David Kasday ... Child in Ballet (uncredited)
Stephen Kirchner ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Isabel La Mal ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Tommy Ladd ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Jeanne Lafayette ... Nun / Artist / French Girl (uncredited)
Judy Landon ... 'Stairway to Paradise' Dancer (uncredited)
Richard Landry ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Michele Lange ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Numa Lapeyre ... Girl (uncredited)
Louise Laureau ... Nun / Woman at Table (uncredited)
Louis Laurent ... Bearded Painter (uncredited)
Janet Lavis ... Fury (uncredited)
Meredith Leeds ... 'Stairway to Paradise' Dancer (uncredited)
Dick Lerner ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Ruth Lewis ... Girl at Ball (uncredited)
Eileen Locklin ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Shirley Lopez ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Wanda Lucienne ... Woman on Phone (uncredited)
Ralph Madlener ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Bert Madrid ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Dudley Field Malone ... Winston Churchill (uncredited)
Bob Mascagno ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Mauu ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... John McDowd (uncredited)
Anthony Mazzola ... Boy with Bubble Gum (uncredited)
Leonard A. Mazzola ... Young Man at Mirror (uncredited)
Greg McClure ... Rugged G.I. (uncredited)
Svetlana McLe ... Fury (uncredited)
Bonnie Menzies ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Mary Menzies ... Fury (uncredited)
Sheila Meyers ... Fury (uncredited)
Charles Millsfield ... Man with Books (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Noel Neill ... American Girl (uncredited)

Anna Q. Nilsson ... Kay Jansen (uncredited)
Allen O'Locklin ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Roy Ossorio ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Alfred Paix ... Postman (uncredited)
Jetsy Parker ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Christian Pasques ... Boy with Bubble Gum (uncredited)
Lucien Plauzoles ... Boy with Bubble Gum (uncredited)
Pierre Plauzoles ... Boy (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Man at Table (uncredited)
Don Quinn ... Honeymooner (uncredited)
Anne Belle Rasmussen ... Child in Ballet (uncredited)
Ricky Ricardi ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Carol Risser ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Marilyn Rogers ... 'Stairway to Paradise' Dancer (uncredited)
Jean Romaine ... 'Stairway to Paradise' Dancer (uncredited)
Alex Romero ... Dancing G.I. (uncredited)

Hayden Rorke ... Tommy Baldwin (uncredited)
Dennis Ross ... Child in Ballet (uncredited)
Albert Ruiz ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Marilyn Russell ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Scott ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Linda Scott ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Rudolph Silva ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Pat Simms ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Melba Snowden ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
John Stanley ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Sam Strangis ... G.I. (uncredited)
Phyllis Sutton ... Fury (uncredited)
Beverly Thompson ... 'Stairway to Paradise' Dancer (uncredited)
Yves Troendle ... Boy (uncredited)
Peter Troiekouroff ... Boy (uncredited)
Dee Turnell ... Fury (uncredited)
Dorothy Tuttle ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Maya Van Horn ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Pat Volasko ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Dorothy Ward ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Ray Weamer ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Pamela Wells ... Child in Ballet (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Ben Macrow (uncredited)
Herbert Winters ... G.I. (uncredited)
Mary Young ... Flower Lady (uncredited)
Lila Zali ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
Alan Jay Lerner (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Arthur Freed .... producer
Roger Edens .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Alfred Gilks (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Adrienne Fazan 
 
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles designer
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
J.J. Cohn .... unit manager (uncredited)
Jay Marchant .... unit manager (uncredited)
Walter Strohm .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hugh Boswell .... assistant director (uncredited)
Alfred Raboch .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Woehler .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
F. Keogh Gleason .... associate set decorator (as Keogh Gleason)
Gene Grant .... paintings: Gene Kelly's
Henry Greutert .... lead sculptor (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
Standish J. Lambert .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Irving G. Ries .... special effects
 
Stunts
Russell Saunders .... stunt double: Gene Kelly (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Alton .... ballet photographer
Richard Borland .... grip (uncredited)
A. Lindsley Lane .... camera operator (uncredited)
Sid Moore .... electrician (uncredited)
Wes Shanks .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Walter Plunkett .... costumes designer: Beaux Arts Ball
Irene Sharaff .... ballet costumes designer
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Ballbusch .... montage sequences
William LeVanway .... editorial supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Saul Chaplin .... musical director
George Gershwin .... music by
Ira Gershwin .... lyrics by
Johnny Green .... musical director
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Samuel Albert .... musician (uncredited)
Alex Alexander .... musician (uncredited)
Gus Bivona .... musician (uncredited)
John Boudreaux .... musician (uncredited)
Benny Carter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alec Compinsky .... musician (uncredited)
David Crocov .... musician (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jakob Gimpel .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Max Gralnick .... musician (uncredited)
Saul Grant .... musician (uncredited)
Johnny Green .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Glen Johnston .... musician (uncredited)
Sol Kindler .... musician (uncredited)
Arthur Maebe .... musician (uncredited)
Jack Marshall .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Skip Martin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Peter Mercurio .... musician (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet soloist (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jack Teagarden .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
James Gooch .... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Gene Kelly .... choreographer
Kenton Andrews .... researcher (uncredited)
Alain Antik .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Jeanne Coyne .... dance-in (uncredited)
Howard Dietz .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Carol Haney .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Gene Kelly .... director: Lise introduction dance sequence (uncredited)
Jane Loring .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mack McLean .... voice double: Oscar Levant (uncredited)
Rudi Monta .... legal department (uncredited)
Alex Romero .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Howard Strickling .... director of publicity (uncredited)
Frank Whitbeck .... trailer producer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
113 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (alternate rating) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | New Zealand:G | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:All | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (re-issue) (2011) | UK:U (video rating) (1987) (2003) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #14898) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1993.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Jerry and Lise walk down the riverside together, Jerry leaves his coat by the tree.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jerry Mulligan:This is Paris, and I'm an American who lives here. My name is Jerry Mulligan, and I'm an ex G.I. In 1945 when the army told me to find my own job, I stayed on. And I'll tell you why: I'm a painter, and all my life that's all I've ever wanted to do.
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Soundtrack:
Embraceable YouSee more »

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35 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Experiencing Paris With Gershwin, 28 September 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Gene Kelly came up with some really grand ideas for musicals while with MGM. Here he's at the top of his creative powers working with the Arthur Freed musical unit. Hard to believe when you watch An American In Paris that the players never left the back lot at MGM.

The magic of An American In Paris is due to the creative editing under the direction of Vincent Minnelli and the sets that MGM designed blended with some background establishing shots. The idea of the film originated with Kelly who wanted simply to do a film with a lengthy ballet sequence involving George Gershwin's tone poem An American in Paris. It sounded good to Arthur Freed who approached Ira Gershwin who said fine with him as long as they used other Gershwin material.

Gershwin got the kind of deal for Gershwin music that Irving Berlin normally got. Not one note of non-Gershwin music is heard in An American in Paris. Listen to some of the background music and you will hear things like Embraceable You and But Not For Me which are not real musical numbers.

Another guy who was a fair hand at writing lyrics, Alan Jay Lerner, wrote the story which admittedly is a thin one. All about an ex-GI played by Gene Kelly who after World War II never left France, just settled into an apartment on the Left Bank and proceeded to become a starving artist. He lives with eccentric composer Oscar Levant and does that ever sound like a redundancy.

Two women are interested in him. Another expatriate American played by Nina Foch who wants to sponsor him as a painter if he'll reciprocate in other matters. But Kelly falls for a shop girl played by Leslie Caron in her film debut. Caron also has musical comedy star Georges Guetary interested in here.

Of course the plot is just an excuse to sing and dance to the music of George Gershwin. An American in Paris happens to be the first film I ever saw as an in flight movie on the first airplane trip I ever took. I still remember flying back from Phoenix Arizona to Kennedy Airport seeing Gene Kelly doing I've Got Rhythm. My favorite number in the film however is Tra-La-La which Kelly sings and dances all over the apartment with Oscar Levant playing the piano. At one point Kelly dances on top of the baby grand piano.

In a book about Arthur Freed, I read a quote where he said in the American in Paris ballet sequence was to be done with the background of the French impressionists which he felt the public would take to rather than a realistic setting on the streets or back lot. So it happened that way. Kelly had done lengthy ballet sequences in Words and Music, The Pirate, and On the Town. But this one topped them all. Still does in my opinion and that includes some of Gene Kelly's later films.

In a surprise upset at the Oscars, An American In Paris was chosen best picture for 1951, beating out the heavily favored A Streetcar Named Desire. I guess fantasy trumped realism that year. Big budgets also have an upper hand in these things as well.

Still An American in Paris is one of the best movie musicals ever done and since the studios no longer have all that creative talent under one roof, something less likely to be repeated.

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