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Invitation to the Dance (1956)

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This is a movie where three entirely different stories are told though dancing. Words are not used and the style of dancing is different for each part. Kelly is a clown in the 'Circus'; a ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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The Clown in 'Circus' / The Marine in 'Ring Around the Rosy' / Sinbad in 'Sinbad the Sailor'
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The Lover in 'Circus' / The Artist in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Claire Sombert ...
The Loved in 'Circus'
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The Girl on the Stairs in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Diana Adams ...
The Hatcheck Girl in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
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The Sharpie in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Belita ...
The Femme Fatale in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
David Paltenghi ...
The Husband in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Daphne Dale ...
The Wife in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Claude Bessy ...
The Model in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Irving Davies ...
The Crooner in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
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The Composer at the Piano in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Carol Haney ...
David Kasday ...
The Genie in 'Sinbad the Sailor'
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This is a movie where three entirely different stories are told though dancing. Words are not used and the style of dancing is different for each part. Kelly is a clown in the 'Circus'; a Marine in 'Ring Around the Rosy'; and Sinbad in 'Sinbad the Sailor'. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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circus | sailor | genie | clown | bracelet | See more »


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15 May 1956 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$600,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Production on the film continued into mid-June 1954, with animation for the "Sinbad the Sailor" segment under the guidance of William Hanna, Joseph Barbera and Fred Quimby. During the live-action shooting, Carol Haney had "stood in" for the animated Scheherazade. See more »

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Soundtracks

Sinbad the Sailor
from "Scheherazade"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Music Adapted by Roger Edens and Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
Conducted by Johnny Green
Orchestrated by Conrad Salinger and Robert Franklyn (uncredited)
Danced by Carol Haney, Gene Kelly and David Kasday
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The Talent and Imagination of Gene Kelly
9 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Invitation to the Dance is what you get when you take an artist at the peak of his abilities and allow his imagination to run wild. Gene Kelly--and some very talented people in all fields--integrated music and dance to create three distinct stories.

He reduces some scenes to their visual essences by using abstract or minimalist sets, aided by lighting effects. The third story includes cartoons, allowing Kelly to take his imagination beyond the bounds of human limitations and physics.

The performances are a synthesis of various dance and related forms (ballet, tap, jazz, mime, acrobatics, pop, and ethnic) with musical accompaniment (classical, jazz--cool and hot--ethnic, and pop).

Invitation to the Dance is a treat for any dance lover. It should be seen by all young students of dance.

It would be interesting to see this film they way Kelly originally imagined it, with him dancing in one section only.


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