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Betty Comden (story) and
Adolph Green (story)
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7 August 1953 (USA) See more »
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A pretentiously artistic director is hired for a new Broadway musical and changes it beyond recognition. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Tony Hunter

Cyd Charisse ... Gabrielle Gerard

Oscar Levant ... Lester Marton

Nanette Fabray ... Lily Marton

Jack Buchanan ... Jeffrey Cordova

James Mitchell ... Paul Byrd
Robert Gist ... Hal
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
India Adams ... Gabrielle Gerard (singing voice) (uncredited)

Fred Aldrich ... Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)

Richard Alexander ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Ernest Anderson ... Train Porter (uncredited)
Barbara Bailey ... Dancer (uncredited)
Patsy Bangs ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lysa Baugher ... Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
Ralph Beaumont ... Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)

Don Beddoe ... Producer (uncredited)

Madge Blake ... Investor (uncredited)
Herman Boden ... Dancer (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Waiter (uncredited)
Joe Brockman ... Hansom Driver (uncredited)

Robert Burton ... Caterer (uncredited)
Sue Casey ... Tall Girl in Arcade (uncredited)
Lyle Clark ... Chorus Member in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
Dorinda Clifton ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joan Collenette ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Colton ... Dancer (uncredited)
James Conaty ... First Nighter (uncredited)

Henry Corden ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Pinkie Corrigan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Lillian Culver ... Investor (uncredited)
Dick D'Arcy ... Dancer (uncredited)
Leroy Daniels ... Arcade Shoeshine Man (uncredited)
Fred Datig Jr. ... Usher (uncredited)
Dulcie Day ... Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
Helen Dickson ... Dowager First Nighter (uncredited)
Jack Dodds ... Dancer (uncredited)
George Economides ... Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Michael Economides ... Man in Arcade (uncredited)

Roy Engel ... Reporter (uncredited)
Estelle Etterre ... Investor (uncredited)
Luigi Faccuito ... Dancer (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... Fitter (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Gwenn Fields ... Woman in Arcade (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Lady on Train / Extra in Girl Hunt Ballet (uncredited)

Steve Forrest ... Passenger on Train (uncredited)
Bill Foster ... Acrobatic Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)

Douglas Fowley ... Auctioneer (uncredited)
Wymer Gard ... Usher (uncredited)

Ava Gardner ... Ava Gardner (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Ballet Audience Member (uncredited)
Marion Gray ... Investor (uncredited)
Shelah Hackett ... Dancer (uncredited)

Thurston Hall ... Colonel Tripp (uncredited)
Mary Hammond ... Dancer (uncredited)

Dee Hartford ... 2nd Model in 'Girl Hunt Ballet' (uncredited)
Eden Hartford ... Girl in 'Girl Hunt Ballet' Sequence (uncredited)
Sam Hearn ... Agent (uncredited)
Julie Hedin ... Woman in Arcade (uncredited)

Al Hill ... Arcade Shooting Gallery Operator (uncredited)
Harlan Hoagland ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Investor (uncredited)

Jimmie Horan ... Man at Arcade (uncredited)
Curtis Loys Jackson Jr. ... Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Chorus Member in Hotel Suite (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Drunk Outside Arcade (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mario Lamm ... Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Judy Landon ... Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
Shirley Lopez ... Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
William Lundy ... Dancer (uncredited)

John Lupton ... Jack - Prompter (uncredited)
Alan Marston ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Judy Matson ... Singer in 'That's Entertainment' Sequence (uncredited)
Matt Mattox ... Featured Dancer (uncredited)
Bert May ... Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
Helen McAllister ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ann McCrea ... Chorus Member in Hotel Suite (uncredited)

Owen McGiveney ... Prop Man (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Investor (uncredited)
Mary Menzies ... Dancer (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Bystander in Girl Hunt Ballet (uncredited)
Nolie Miller ... Dancer (uncredited)

Lawrence Montaigne ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ben Moselle ... Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Peggy Murray ... Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)

Julie Newmar ... Salon Model / Chorine in Girl Hunt Ballet (uncredited)
Loulie Jean Norman ... Singer in 'That's Entertainment' Sequence (uncredited)

Emory Parnell ... Man on Train (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Waiter (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Marilyn Radcliff ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ... Dancer (uncredited)
Elynne Ray ... Dancer in Troupe (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Jack Regas ... Dancer (uncredited)
Phil Rhodes ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Joette Robinson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Cecile Rogers ... Dancer (uncredited)
Barbara Ruick ... Passenger on Train (uncredited)
Dick Sands ... Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Reporter (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Investor (uncredited)
Eddie Lou Simms ... Man in Arcade (uncredited)
Earl Spainard ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Robert Spencer ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Harry Stanton ... Investor (uncredited)
Bob Stebbins ... Chorus Member in Hotel Suite (uncredited)
Lotte Stein ... Cordova's German Chambermaid (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Train Station Passenger (uncredited)
Roberta Stevenson ... Dancer (uncredited)

Jack Stoney ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Special Effects Man (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jack Tesler ... Ivan (uncredited)
Jimmy Thompson ... Jimmy (uncredited)
Dee Turnell ... Barbara (uncredited)

Herb Vigran ... Man on Train (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Woman in Arcade (uncredited)

Bobby Watson ... Bobby (uncredited)
Crystal White ... Dancer (uncredited)
Smoki Whitfield ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Marc Wilder ... Dancer (uncredited)
Stuart Wilson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Gloria Wood ... Singer in 'That's Entertainment' Sequence (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Can-Toss Booth Operator (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
Writing credits
Betty Comden (story by) and
Adolph Green (story by)

Norman Corwin  uncredited
Alan Jay Lerner  uncredited

Produced by
Roger Edens .... associate producer
Arthur Freed .... producer
Bill Ryan .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Alexander Courage (uncredited)
Adolph Deutsch (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harry Jackson (director of photography)
George J. Folsey (director of photography) (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Albert Akst (film editor)
George White (uncredited)
Art Direction by
E. Preston Ames  (as Preston Ames)
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason (set decorations) (as Keogh Gleason)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Mary Ann Nyberg (costumes by)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
Production Management
Hugh Boswell .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Thorpe .... assistant director
Al Alt .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Greenwood .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Oliver Smith .... designer: musical numbers
Robert Cormack .... continuity sketches (uncredited)
Tommy Crawford .... props (uncredited)
Tom Ordoqui .... property master (uncredited)
Harold Turberg .... property master: rehearsal unit (uncredited)
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
James Brock .... sound (uncredited)
Ben Price .... recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert J. Bronner .... camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Burrell .... best boy (uncredited)
Phil Philbrick .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mervin Price .... grip (uncredited)
Al Smith .... playback operator (uncredited)
Gene Stout .... best boy (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Morris Brown .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Grace Kuhn .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Adolph Deutsch .... musical director
Howard Dietz .... songs by
Michael Kidd .... stager: dances and musical numbers
Skip Martin .... orchestrator
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator
Arthur Schwartz .... songs by
David Crocov .... violin (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Harry V. Lojewski .... pianist (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Brower .... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Louis Calhern .... dialogue coach: Jack Buchanan (uncredited)
Patricia Denise .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Patricia Denise .... dancing stand-in: Cyd Charisse (uncredited)
Janet Koye .... secretary (uncredited)
William E. Orr .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Carroll Pratt .... stage manager (uncredited)
Dwayne Ratliff .... dancing stand-in (uncredited)
Alex Romero .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Alex Romero .... dancing stand-in: Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Emily Torchia .... publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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112 min (Turner library print) (copyright length)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono )Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-12 (1974) | Finland:K-16 (1954) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (1998) (2005) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #16342) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1995.See more »
Factual errors: As Tony Hunter walks down the train platform and into Grand Central Terminal in the song "By Myself" there is no engine at the front of the train.See more »
Auctioneer:[First lines] Yes sir, ladies and gentlemen, we are in luck today here in Los Angeles. Through the years the Bullwinkle Galleries have brought up for auction many collections of the personal effects of your famous movie stars. But, today, today is in deed a red letter day: the personal effects of Tony Hunter...See more »
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46 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Last of the great Hollywood musicals, 22 December 1998
Author: latics from kent, uk

Just saw this again, for the first time in 10 years. What a show! This is unquestionably the last of the great line of MGM – and, therefore, Hollywood – musicals . . . the last real flowering of Arthur Freed's genius at holding together a team of top production talents which had produced such a fine string of musicals. Not a dull spot in the entire movie and tremendous style in Minnelli's direction. Nice to see Jack Buchanan getting a last chance in the spotlight – his top hat routine with Astaire is one of the highlights of the movie. Astaire himself, playing the fading musical star which he was by 1953, has a magnificent opening with two contrasting numbers – the wistful By Myself and the exuberant Shine on your Shoes – tailored to set up his character perfectly. The Girl Hunt ballet is, of course, the dancing highlight of the movie and it is here that the utterly wonderful Cyd Charisse comes into her own. Apart from being arguably the best female dancer in Hollywood history, she was certainly the most beautiful: the scene in the ballet in which she appears on a bar stool and slips off her coat to reveal a dramatic red dress oozes with as much sex appeal as any movie moment I've ever seen.

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