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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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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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Gene Kelly's original intention was to make a film that would educate mainstream audiences about professional dancing in the world. To this end, he wanted to cast the greatest dancers in Europe for the four segments in leading roles. He himself would only appear in one - the Popular Song sequence, which ended up being cut. But MGM refused to allow the picture unless he appeared in all of them. Many of the professionals who worked in the film agreed that this was one of the film's great weaknesses. See more »

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Soundtracks

Circus
Music by Jacques Ibert
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Hollingsworth
Danced by Gene Kelly, Igor Youskevitch and Claire Sombert
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Amazing Dance with Animation
19 September 2011 | by (Nelson, BC) – See all my reviews

The first two segments of this film may or may not impress you, but do watch the third: "Sinbad the Sailor". Kelly plays an American sailor in an exotic Oriental market. He rubs an old lamp and a genie appears, played by an amazingly talented kid. After a bit of messing around,the genie gets a sailor suit, too. Then they open a book to a picture of a wonderous land. The genie transports them inside and all the rest features the two dancers (mostly Kelly alone) dancing with animation.This segment is much longer than any other live-plus-animation sequence until Mary Poppins excepting, possibly Song of the South whose sequences were nowhere near so complex as this. Kelly dances with an animated dragon (that wraps around him), into a harem, is chased by the Sultan's guards, has a long sequence with one harem girl, and then a very long sequence with the guards. This is amazing work for 1952, especially when you remember that every bit of the animation is hand-painted on cels. Hanna-Barbera (then with MGM doing Tom and Jerry directed the animation. (Kelly also did a famous dance number with Jerry in Anchors Aweigh eight years earlier.) Walt Disney advised. This is swell stuff and any fan of animation should give it a look.


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