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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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Cast

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 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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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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$600,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Features The Magic Lamp (1956) 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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Only worthwhile for the dazzling "Sinbad the Sailor" animation...
23 August 2012 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

No wonder INVITATION TO THE DANCE found no audience at the box office. The first two musical sequences, "Circus" and "Ring Around the Rosy" are monumental bores dragged down by pedestrian stories and, in the second one, inept use of camera trickery to speed up the action.

But the third, "Sinbad the Sailor," makes expert use of the Rimsky-Korsakov ballet score and makes dazzling use of animated effects, especially for the dancing between Kelly and a couple of Arabian guards which are highly original, intricate and amusing examples of combining live action with animation. It's the kind of originality sadly missing in the previously mentioned stories.

The "Sinbad" highlight almost makes up for the rest of the film with its own brand of originality--but alas, the first two sequences are enough to turn many viewers away from watching the final segment.

Summing up: Easy to see why this one failed miserably to attract a target audience with either high or low brow tastes.


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