Les Girls (1957)

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After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele (Taina Elg). A Rashomon... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Barry Nichols
Joanne 'Joy' Henderson
Kay Kendall ...
Lady Sybil Wren
Taina Elg ...
Angèle Ducros
Pierre Ducros
Sir Gerald Wren
Sir Percy
Stephen Vercoe ...
Mr. Outward
Philip Tonge ...
Associate Judge


After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele (Taina Elg). A Rashomon (1950)-style narrative presents the story from three points of view. Sybil accuses Angele of having an affair with Barry (Gene Kelly), while Angele insists that it was actually Sybil who was having the affair. Finally, Barry gives his side of the story. Written by Azure_Girl

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Release Date:

26 December 1957 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Cole Porter's Les Girls  »

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Sound Mix:

(35 mm magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm optical prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The last musical and movie Gene Kelly made for MGM under his contract. It wasn't until the documentary That's Entertainment! (1974) that he would appear in another MGM musical. See more »


Mitzi Gaynor breaks her picture over Gene Kelly's head, and storms out the door. As he gets up to go after her, the frame is still clearly around his neck. But as he goes out the door, the frame is gone. See more »


Joy Henderson: Would you like a glass of water?
Barry Nichols: Why, do you want to soak your feet?
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Spoofs The Wild One (1953) See more »


Be a Clown
Music by Cole Porter
Heard as background music
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A Beautiful enigma.
29 August 2006 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

On the one hand, it has Gene Kelly and direction by George Cukor and the smart, smooth music of Cole Porter. But the structure of the plot is a bit bumpy, and most of this bumpiness stems from the RASHOMON-like tale starting, stopping, and starting again over two hours. A lot of people seem to think that the Porter score was sub-par; I wholeheartedly disagree. An especially lovely sequence is a rowboat scene between Kelly and Taina Elg which segues into the love song "Ca C'est L'amour." Also clever are the burlesque turn of "Ladies In Waiting" and the vaudeville-like "You're Just Too, Too" which pairs Kelly with the rapturous Kay Kendall. Kendall is, in many ways, the real star of LG with her deft comedy (drunkenly singing opera for five straight minutes!) and her cool, elegant beauty. Knowing that she died shortly after completing this film- and so young- makes one miss her charms all the more and also wish that the film had a larger following. (It's particularly enigmatic nowadays when compared to Kelly's bigger and better known hits: 'Singin' In The Rain,' 'An American In Paris,' 'Anchors Aweigh,' etc.) Still, Mitzi Gaynor is a dish, dancing with Kelly in a sexy black dress (in a weird Marlon-Brando-a'la-THE-WILD-ONE-send up). Thank goodness it's on widescreen DVD where it belongs.

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