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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 »

Directors:

Gene Kelly, Joseph Barbera (uncredited) | 1 more credit »
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ... The Genie in 'Sinbad the Sailor'
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Storyline

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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Trivia

Gene Kelly's original intention was to make a film that would educate mainstream audiences about professional dancing in the world. To this end, he wanted to cast the greatest dancers in Europe for the four segments in leading roles. He himself would only appear in one - the Popular Song sequence, which ended up being cut. But MGM refused to allow the picture unless he appeared in all of them. Many of the professionals who worked in the film agreed that this was one of the film's great weaknesses. 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

Ring Around The Rosy
Music by André Previn
Conducted by André Previn
Orchestrated by Wally Heglin (uncredited)
Danced by (in ring order): Daphne Dale, Igor Youskevitch, Claude Bessy,
Tommy Rall, Belita, Irving Davies, Diana Adams, Gene Kelly,
, Tamara Toumanova, and David Paltenghi
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failed dream
30 July 2002 | by margueritayodelsSee all my reviews

this was Kelly's pet project- a film with dance, and only dance. No dialogue, only mime, movement and music. However to his disappointment, MGM shelved its release and when it was the film was released badly- it was too arty farty to be popular with the audiences at that time. Well, I love this film. It's adventurous and interesting, and it's worth a watch to appreciate all the work Kelly's put into this work, which showcases some of the greatest dancers across many styles. So go watch this under-rated film and you will be in awe of all the talent shown before your eyes!


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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