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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'
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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 ...
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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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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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Only worthwhile for the dazzling "Sinbad the Sailor" animation...
23 August 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

No wonder INVITATION TO THE DANCE found no audience at the box office. The first two musical sequences, "Circus" and "Ring Around the Rosy" are monumental bores dragged down by pedestrian stories and, in the second one, inept use of camera trickery to speed up the action.

But the third, "Sinbad the Sailor," makes expert use of the Rimsky-Korsakov ballet score and makes dazzling use of animated effects, especially for the dancing between Kelly and a couple of Arabian guards which are highly original, intricate and amusing examples of combining live action with animation. It's the kind of originality sadly missing in the previously mentioned stories.

The "Sinbad" highlight almost makes up for the rest of the film with its own brand of originality--but alas, the first two sequences are enough to turn many viewers away from watching the final segment.

Summing up: Easy to see why this one failed miserably to attract a target audience with either high or low brow tastes.


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