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Invitation to the Dance (1956)

This is a movie where three entirely different stories are told though dancing. Words are not used and the style of dancing is different for each part. Kelly is a clown in the 'Circus'; a ... See full summary »

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Gene Kelly, Joseph Barbera (uncredited) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Gene Kelly ... The Clown in 'Circus' / The Marine in 'Ring Around the Rosy' / Sinbad in 'Sinbad the Sailor'
Igor Youskevitch ... The Lover in 'Circus' / The Artist in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Claire Sombert Claire Sombert ... The Loved in 'Circus'
Tamara Toumanova ... The Girl on the Stairs in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Diana Adams Diana Adams ... The Hatcheck Girl in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Tommy Rall ... The Sharpie in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Belita ... The Femme Fatale in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
David Paltenghi David Paltenghi ... The Husband in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Daphne Dale Daphne Dale ... The Wife in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Claude Bessy Claude Bessy ... The Model in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Irving Davies Irving Davies ... The Crooner in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
André Previn ... The Composer at the Piano in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Carol Haney ... Scheherazade in 'Sinbad the Sailor'
David Kasday ... The Genie in 'Sinbad the Sailor'
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This is a movie where three entirely different stories are told though dancing. Words are not used and the style of dancing is different for each part. Kelly is a clown in the 'Circus'; a Marine in 'Ring Around the Rosy'; and Sinbad in 'Sinbad the Sailor'. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Filmed between late August 1952 and early February 1953 at MGM's British studio in Boreham Wood, Elstree, with shooting continuing at Metro's Culver City, California studio between the third and thirteenth of October 1953, the movie's box-office appeal was doubted by MGM executives, who held back the film until a national release on May 15, 1956, followed on May 22 by a Manhattan opening at the Plaza Theatre. Indeed, this innovative, all-dancing project failed to make money. See more »

Goofs

During the "Scheherazade" sequence the color of the palace guard's costumes suddenly changes from green to blue. See more »

Connections

Edited into American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Sinbad the Sailor
from "Scheherazade"
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Music Adapted by Roger Edens and Conrad Salinger (uncredited)
Conducted by Johnny Green
Orchestrated by Conrad Salinger and Robert Franklyn (uncredited)
Danced by Carol Haney, Gene Kelly and David Kasday
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Kelly's Dream Project
7 September 2001 | by harry-76See all my reviews

This is the result of many years of effort on the part of Gene Kelly to create an all-dance film. Since he was a major-studio rather than an indie production child, Kelly convinced his home studio, MGM, to finally take on the project.

The final results, unfortunately, are mixed. The movie is simply average, with long stretches of off-timed and miscalculated action and uninspired choreography. Were Kelly to have collaborated in the writing, choreographing and direction departments, rather than taking everything on himself, things might have gone better.

The project was simply too great a task for Kelly; with other imput he might have made a film with greater perspective and flair. The story in "Circus" is only fair, and there's more pantomime than dancing for Kelly as Pierrot. Unfortantely, Jacques Ibert's music doesn't help either.

"Ring Around the Rosy" suffers from disjointed continuity, with awkward bridges and motivations. Too, the fine Tamara Toumanova as the Streetwalker provides a clash of styles when paired with Kelly as the Marine. Physically, their types don't match well, try as they will. Nor was this Andre Previn's finest compositional hour.

Finally, Roger Eden's adaptation of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's score for "Sinbad the Sailor" makes for the most effective music in the film. Kelly at last gets to display his distinctive dancing manner, and does some impressive work (at age 44) in the interesting cartoon sequences.

It's not Kelly at his best, though, and "Inviation to the Dance" remains an interesting curio, earnest on effort and short on realization. Both dance fans in general and Kelly fans in particular will value this video in their collectiona.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Circus See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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