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Les Girls (1957)




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Les Girls is the Rashomon of MGM musicals. The film is told in flashback, as Mitzi Gaynor and Taina Elg, two-thirds of a popular cabaret trio, attempt to legally block the third, Kay Kendall, from writing her memoirs. Each of "Les Girls" has her own interpretation of the group's previous professional and amorous escapades. To make sense of these wildly diverse recollections, the court must rely upon a fourth party to straighten things out. Enter Gene Kelly, the dancing star who organized "Les Girls" in the first place. But can Kelly be believed? The "truth" of the many reminiscences in Les Girls is secondary to the dazzling beauty of its female stars, and to the delightful musical numbers, the best of which is an extended Marlon Brando parody titled "Why Am I So Gone About That Gal?" This was Gene Kelly's last musical effort for MGM, the studio he joined way back in 1943; the film was the inspiration for the short-lived 1963 TV series Harry's Girls, which starred Larry Blyden, Susan Silo, Dawn Nickerson and Diahn Williams.

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Gene Kelly
as Barry Nichols
Mitzi Gaynor
as Joanne 'Joy' Henderson
Kay Kendall
as Lady Sybil Wren
Taina Elg
as Angele Ducros
Jacques Bergerac
as Pierre Ducros
Leslie Phillips
as Sir Gerald Wren
Patrick Macnee
as Sir Percy
Stephen Vercoe
as Mr. Outward
Philip Tonge
as Associate Judge
Owen McGiveney
as Court Usher
Francis Ravel
as French Stage Manager
Adrienne D'Ambricourt
as Wardrobe Woman
Maurice Marsac
as French House Manager
Nestor Paiva
as Spanish Peasant Man
Maya Van Horn
as Stout French Woman
Luisa Triana
as Flamenco Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Les Girls

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Les Girls is an exceptionally tasty musical morsel that is in the best tradition of the Metro studio.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

A delight to match that other Cukor musical, A Star Is Born.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

While Gene Kelly's hoofing remains delightful, he delivers only a half-hearted performance in a rather sketchy role. It's Kay Kendall who steals the show with a highly amusing turn.

August 29, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The results are full of charm and sparkle, and Cole Porter's songs are worthy of his name.

November 5, 2019 | Full Review…

A stylized, unconventional musical for MGM, director Cukor, and Gene Kelly.

April 4, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Uneven musical, at best in its first third.

August 8, 2008 | Full Review…

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