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An American in Paris (1951)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 11 November 1951 (USA)
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Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. Things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Jerry Mulligan
... Lise Bouvier
... Adam Cook
... Henri Baurel (as Georges Guetary)
... Milo Roberts
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Storyline

Jerry Mulligan, a struggling American painter in Paris, is "discovered" by an influential heiress with an interest in more than Jerry's art. Jerry in turn falls for Lise, a young French girl already engaged to a cabaret singer. Jerry jokes, sings and dances with his best friend, an acerbic would-be concert pianist, while romantic complications abound. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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11 November 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Amerikaner in Paris  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,723,903 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,500,000
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During filming, Nina Foch came down with chicken pox. She went back to work as soon as she was able, but as a result, a whole team of makeup artists had to work to cover her pockmarks. See more »

Goofs

During the ballet dance sequence just before the girls are all on their toes, Lise is in the background with Jerry...then in an instant appears in the front of the scene with most of the other dancers not showing as she waits for him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jerry Mulligan: This is Paris, and I'm an American who lives here. My name is Jerry Mulligan, and I'm an ex G.I. In 1945 when the army told me to find my own job, I stayed on. And I'll tell you why: I'm a painter, and all my life that's all I've ever wanted to do.
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And Presenting The American In Paris Ballet See more »

Connections

Featured in The Men Who Made the Movies: Vincente Minnelli (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

An American in Paris Ballet
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin (1936)
Played during the opening credits and often in the score
Danced by Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, and Ensemble
Played by The MGM Symphony Orchestra, in an arrangement by Conrad Salinger based on Gershwin's orchestration
Conducted by Johnny Green
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16 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Timeless musical gem, with Gene Kelly in top form, stylish direction by Vincente Minnelli, and wonderful musical numbers. It is great entertainment from start to finish, one of those films that people watch with a smile and say "they don't make 'em like they used to!" But they never did quite make them like this. The climactic 25 minute musical sequence without any dialogue is among the most beautiful in film history. Movie magic, clearly derived from the heart and soul of everyone involved. A must see!


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