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
Lady Sybil Wren
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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(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 »


When Barry walks away from Joy after he first fakes heart problems at the outside market, Joy's voice can be heard telling the salesperson in French that she wants celery. But as she is turning her head to watch Barry leave, you can clearly see that her mouth is not moving. 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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Referenced in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) See more »


Why Am I So Gone (About that Gal)?
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Performed by Gene Kelly
Danced by Gene Kelly and Mitzi Gaynor
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Girls in Cukor's hands
1 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is a unique kind of elegance in Cukor's way to see the world. An elegance that is utterly personal. Witty, warm, enchanting. It could disguise, transform and magnify the smallest, thinnest trifle. I remember feeling my cheeks kind of numb after the film was over, not from laughing but from smiling all the way through. Cukor's reputation as a women's director was no myth. Here, the glorious Kay Kendall, in a character written with a tired left hand, shines all the same because Cukor knew and understood what made her so irresistible. She was, in the history of the movies, like a comet that flashed before us dazzling us and disappearing very fast but leaving behind a unique brand of magic. In "Les Girls" she even dances with Gene Kelly, wears hats and sun glasses like no one ever had before or since. She's an impossibly perfect combination of Allison Janney and Greta Garbo. This is a film that more often than not, people forget to remember. I think it's time to correct that. Rent it or buy it, switch on the weather channel, select a rainy winter Sunday, invite a bunch of friends and have a ball.

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