WEIRDLAND: "Les Girls" (1957) by George Cukor - Full Movie HQ (Gene Kelly, Kay Kendall, Mitzi Gaynor)

Friday, March 23, 2012

"Les Girls" (1957) by George Cukor - Full Movie HQ (Gene Kelly, Kay Kendall, Mitzi Gaynor)

"Les Girls": They’re the most vivacious… vexacious… flirtatious personalities in gay Paris!

"Les Girls" is a notable film for two reasons: Save for his brief musical numbers with Fred Astaire in That's Entertainment II, this George Cukor-directed effort marked Gene Kelly's last full-length, big screen appearance for the studio that made him a star. For Cole Porter aficionados, the 1957 release was bittersweet as it would be the final project graced by original songs from the legendary composer.

Set in Europe, "Les Girls" spins the tale of cabaret dancer Sybil Wren (Kay Kendall), the focus of a libel suit instigated by former roomie/stage partner Angéle Ducross (Taina Elg), brought upon by revelations made in her memoirs. With American export Joy Henderson (Mitzi Gaynor), the threesome were part of a musical act produced by Barry Nichols (Gene Kelly), an "all work and no play" professional whose whole life revolved around the stage. Or at least, until fetching Angéle entered the picture. Playing a harder edged yet toned down variation on his Don Lockwood role in "Singin' In The Rain", Kelly is as smooth as ever.

The trio of lovely ladies compliment their co-star, and each other, beautifully: Kay Kendall's Golden Globe®-winning turn as Lady Sybil is delightful, Taina Elg offers appealing charm and Mitzi Gaynor is quiet sexiness personified (making one wonder why this talented dancer/singer never caught on with movie audiences). Source:

"Les Girls" (1957) directed by George Cukor, starring Gene Kelly, Kay Kendall, Mitzi Gaynor and Taina Elg

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