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Les Girls -- Utilizing a clever "Rashomon" style flashback, this Cole Porter musical offers differing points of view as they recall their relationship with the great hoofer, Gene Kelly.


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John Patrick (screenplay)
Vera Caspary (story)
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Release Date:
26 December 1957 (Sweden) See more »
They're the most vivacious...vexacious...flirtatious personalities in gay Paree! See more »
After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Gene Kelly ... Barry Nichols

Mitzi Gaynor ... Joanne 'Joy' Henderson
Kay Kendall ... Lady Sybil Wren
Taina Elg ... Angèle Ducros

Jacques Bergerac ... Pierre Ducros

Leslie Phillips ... Sir Gerald Wren

Henry Daniell ... Judge

Patrick Macnee ... Sir Percy
Stephen Vercoe ... Mr. Outward
Philip Tonge ... Associate Judge
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alexander ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Frank Arnold ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Dancer in 'Les Girls' Number (uncredited)
Lilyan Chauvin ... Dancer (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
George Davis ... Sleepy Frenchman (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Wilkie de Martel ... Porter (uncredited)
George Dee ... Concierge (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Fanatic with 'What Is Truth' Sign (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Concierge's Wife (uncredited)
Billy Griffith ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Gendarme Outside Courtroom (uncredited)
Maurice Marsac ... French House Manager (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Court Usher (uncredited)
Gregor Momdjian ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
George Navarro ... Waiter (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Spanish Peasant (uncredited)
Genevieve Pasques ... Shopkeeper (uncredited)
George Pelling ... English Photographer (uncredited)
Francis Ravel ... French Stage Manager (uncredited)
Geoffrey Steele ... English Photographer (uncredited)
Gilchrist Stuart ... English Photographer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Lusita Triana ... Flamenco Dancer (uncredited)
Maya Van Horn ... Stout French Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
Writing credits
John Patrick (screenplay)

Vera Caspary (story)

Produced by
Saul Chaplin .... associate producer
Sol C. Siegel .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Saul Chaplin (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert Surtees 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
Art Direction by
Gene Allen 
William A. Horning 
Set Decoration by
Richard Pefferle 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup designer
Production Management
Edward Woehler .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Saunders .... assistant director
Al Alt .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Conrad Kahn .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
John Schmitz .... camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Hoyningen Huene .... color coordinator (as Hoyningen-Huene)
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator
Adolph Deutsch .... conductor
Adolph Deutsch .... music adaptor
Skip Martin .... orchestrator
Robert Tucker .... vocal supervisor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Gene Allen .... main title creator
Jack Cole .... choreographer
Hoyningen Huene .... main title creator (as Hoyningen-Huene)
Basil Bleck .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Barrie Chase .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Chas. Levin .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Alex Romero .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Cole Porter's Les Girls" - USA (complete title)
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114 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System) | Mono (35 mm optical prints)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Angèle Ducros:Oh, you English. When will you learn that love is a souffle, not a pudding?See more »
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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
One of my favorites!, 6 May 2003
Author: Greg Couture from Portland, Oregon

As the glory days of M-G-M as Hollywood's preeminent manufacturer of musical treasures entered the sunset years, this very stylish bit of fluff, under George Cukor's very astute guidance, graced the CinemaScope/Metrocolor screen. Cole Porter contributed a score quite a bit more slender than his best, with only one standout, "Ca c'est l'Amour" briefly delivered by Taina Elg. Gene Kelly wasn't permitted any extensive opportunities to display his more athletic dancing skills, possibly because Jack Cole seems to have been the sole credited choreographer. Some viewers, reading other IMDb comments on this one, were rather annoyed by the Rashomon-like structure of John Patrick's very clever, in my view, screenplay. But it's all quite sophisticated, at least for 1957, and the "Ladies In Waiting" production number, in which Porter indulges his penchant for the risque, is hilariously reprised as the story progresses, making naughty use of the three leading ladies' attributes.

Robert Surtees lensed the entire production within the confines of M-G-M's soundstages but, with Cukor's favorite collaborator, Hoyningen-Huene, helping to apply the visual gloss, the whole enterprise is much more elegant looking than Hollywood's usual musical output. Orry-Kelly won a well-deserved Oscar for his color costume design, with one gorgeous gown worn by Mitzi Gaynor that probably accounts for most of the votes cast in his favor.

Finally mention must be made of Henry Daniell's drily witty incarnation of a judge whose patience is sorely tried by the frivolity of the case before him and, of course, Kay Kendall's terrifically funny romp as Lady Wren. What a loss to the cinema when she died so suddenly. Her fans, and I am certainly in their forefront, do so regret her early departure. (If you add this one to your video library, the widescreen DVD is the only way to do it.)

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