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Les Girls (1957)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 26 December 1957 (Sweden)
After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele (Taina Elg). A Rash&... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Barry Nichols
... Joanne 'Joy' Henderson
... Lady Sybil Wren
... Angèle Ducros
... Pierre Ducros
... Sir Gerald Wren
... Judge
... Sir Percy
Stephen Vercoe ... Mr. Outward
... Associate Judge
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After writing a tell-all book about her days in the dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls", Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall) is sued for libeling her fellow dancer Angele (Taina Elg). A Rashômon (1950)-style narrative presents the story from three points of view. Sybil accuses Angele of having an affair with Barry (Gene Kelly), while Angele insists that it was actually Sybil who was having the affair. Finally, Barry gives his side of the story. Written by Azure_Girl

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Cole Porter's Les Girls  »

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Heard in the background between the stage performances is a snippet of "Be a Clown." Cole Porter wrote this for, "The Pirate," and he wrote the rest of "Les Girls" songs. People might think that they hear a snippet of, "Make 'em Laugh," from "Singing in the Rain." But that song was based on/stolen by Arthur Freed from Cole Porter. (But that's another story.) See more »

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When Barry walks away from Joy after he first fakes heart problems at the outside market, Joy's voice can be heard telling the salesperson in French that she wants celery. But as she is turning her head to watch Barry leave, you can clearly see that her mouth is not moving. See more »

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Joy Henderson: Barry, remember what the doctor told you!
Barry Nichols: The doctor told me not to dance. I'm not gonna dance.
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Les Girls
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Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Performed by Gene Kelly, Kay Kendall (dubbed by Betty Wand), Mitzi Gaynor and Taina Elg
Danced by Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor and Taina Elg
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Kay Kendall makes it a delight
28 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

This would have been an enjoyable film without the enchanting comic actress Kay Kendall, but with her it's hilarious. It's a musical comedy version of "Rashomon"; a trial for libel where all the principals give wildly different versions of the same events. Gene Kelly, Taina Elg, and even Mitzi Gaynor are all fun, but it's Kendall who carries the show. She is one of those rare performers who can make you laugh with just a look on her face, but when given something like a drunk scene she can make you weep with laughter. Who cares if she could neither sing nor dance. Good score, too.

Sadly, Kendall made only two more films before her untimely death, what a loss to the world.


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