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Director:
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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A trailblazing musical See more (125 total) »

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:
Gene Kelly directed the whole "Embraceable You" sequence.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After the ballet, when Jerry bends down to pick up the rose on the grown, the shadows are inconsistent between shots.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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Oh, Lady Be GoodSee more »

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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A trailblazing musical, 27 October 2002
Author: 23skidoo-4 from Calgary, Canada

An American in Paris was, in many ways, the ultimate mixture of art and Hollywood musical. Made at the height of MGM's powers as a musical powerhouse, the film features memorable music from the Gershwins, who rightly have been called the 20th Century's equivalent of Beethoven and Mozart.

Gene Kelly was also at the height of his powers in this film, though it could be rightly argued that this movie was just the warm-up for his best work in Singin' in the Rain (1952). The two films are actually closely linked. Aside from the Arthur Freed connection, the Broadway Melody segment in "Rain" owes its existence to the incredible American in Paris Ballet sequence in this film. This might well have been the only time a dance number is specially mentioned in the opening credits of the film. And it deserved to be, as it showcases Gene Kelly's skills as a dancer and choreographer to their utmost degree.

The film's cast is uniformly excellent. Leslie Caron, incredibly making her film debut, shows a maturity that makes you think she'd been making films for years. Her introductory dance sequence, and later her work on the Ballet, provides some surprisingly sexy moments rivalled in MGM Musicals only by Cyd Charisse's work in Singin' in the Rain and The Band Wagon. Oscar Levant is hilarious as Kelly's stoic pal, who gets two of the film's best moments: during the end party sequence (which I will not give away for anyone who hasn't seen the film), and one of the film's most memorable musical numbers which couples his incredible piano skills with state-of-the-art (for the time) special effects.

Less memorable are Georges Guetary as Kelly's romantic rival, though he does get a few musical highlights, and Nina Foch as Leslie Caron's romantic rival. The May-December relationship between Kelly's character and Nina's reminded me of the same "kept man" relationship seen between George Peppard and Patricia Neal in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

There are a few elements of the film that made it less satisfying for me than Singin' in the Rain. The Ballet, though lavish and well-produced, doesn't really fit with the rest of the movie. Without giving away the plot, the Ballet just happens, with no real rhyme or reason. And unlike the Broadway Melody sequence, it really doesn't have anything to do with the plot -- and in the best musicals, the songs always have some sort of raison d'etre.

Making matters worse is the ending of the film which happens immediately after the Ballet. Although the ending shouldn't be a surprise (this IS an MGM musical, after all), I was hoping for a bit more ... movie after the Ballet ended. It's as if director Vincente Minnelli felt that he couldn't follow the Ballet with anything else. The film literally left me in the lurch.

That negative aside, An American in Paris rightly ranks alongside the best of Hollywood's musicals. It doesn't quite reach the heights of Singin' in the Rain, but it comes close and it remains a testament to Gene Kelly's skills as one of the greatest dancers of all time.

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