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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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Director:
Writers:
John Patrick (screenplay)
Vera Caspary (story)
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Release Date:
26 December 1957 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
They're the most vivacious...vexacious...flirtatious personalities in gay Paree! See more »
Plot:
After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 8 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Girls in Cukor's hands See more (34 total) »

Cast

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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
Orry-Kelly 
 
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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cole Porter's Les Girls" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
114 min
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Color:
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)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
On the DVD, Taina Elg says the original cast was supposed to include Cyd Charisse as the American girl, Leslie Caron as the French girl and Kay Kendall as the English girl. Cyd Charisse decided to do Silk Stockings (1957) instead, so Mitzi Gaynor took her part. At one point, Kay Kendall didn't want to do the film and Taina Elg was tested for her part. Ms. Kendall took the part after all, but then Leslie Caron withdrew. Tania Elg was tested for THAT part and received her first major film role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Joy Henderson:Would you like a glass of water?
Barry Nichols:Why, do you want to soak your feet?
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Why Am I So Gone (About that Gal)?See more »

FAQ

TAINA ELG---WAS SHE A BALLERINA?
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43 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Girls in Cukor's hands, 1 February 2005
Author: arichmondfwc from United States

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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