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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:
... The Clown in 'Circus' / The Marine in 'Ring Around the Rosy' / Sinbad in 'Sinbad the Sailor'
... The Lover in 'Circus' / The Artist in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Claire Sombert ... The Loved in 'Circus'
... The Girl on the Stairs in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Diana Adams ... The Hatcheck Girl in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
... The Sharpie in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
... The Femme Fatale in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
David Paltenghi ... The Husband in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Daphne Dale ... The Wife in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Claude Bessy ... The Model in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Irving Davies ... The Crooner in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
... The Composer at the Piano in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
... 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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15 May 1956 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$600,000
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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

A fourth segment called "Dance Me a Song," comprised of popular tunes, was deleted. 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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Featured in Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toon Town (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Circus
Music by Jacques Ibert
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by John Hollingsworth
Danced by Gene Kelly, Igor Youskevitch and Claire Sombert
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a three-part invitation
11 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

In what must have been a daring move in the 1950s, Gene Kelly created a film which was pure dance - three sequences (Circus, Ring Around The Rosy, Sinbad the Sailor).

Although not a great grosser in its day, time has been kind to this film and although it is not that well known, this film should be as it has a large amount of charm.

The first section, Circus, is a story about a clown and his unrequited love for the leading lady. A common love triangle presented in ballet, this is bittersweet and watchable.

In Ring Around The Rosy, a bracelet is lost and found and there is a charming duet to watch ... while Sinbad the Sailor includes a mix of real life and animation in the story of the sailor and the genie.

As good as any of Kelly's other work, this should be seen a lot more than it is.


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