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Les Girls
Les Girls
Actors: Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg, Daws Butler
Directors: George Cukor, Tex Avery
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
NR     2003     1hr 54min

No Description Available. Genre: Musicals Rating: NR Release Date: 22-APR-2003 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg, Daws Butler
Directors: George Cukor, Tex Avery
Creators: Fred Quimby, Saul Chaplin, Sol C. Siegel, Heck Allen, John Patrick, Vera Caspary
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Classics, Family Films, Musicals, Animation
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 04/22/2003
Original Release Date: 11/06/1954
Theatrical Release Date: 11/06/1954
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
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Movie Reviews

Robert E. Nylund | 06/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rarely seen - but retored to TOTAL fabulousness on this PRISTINE DVD ~ THIS IS A MUST-SEE! ESPECIALLY, if you have never heard of the much, much lamented and sadly missed KAY KENDALL ~ what a fabulous performance! Miss Kendall is funny, witty, charming and she sings too! As for 'that' drunk scene ! AND - yes, in one or another way it IS a musical version of 'Rashomon ' seen through various bejewelled eyes and gloves!Dance numbers? Different and timeless.Sound? Great restoration by the experts.AND the rest of the ladies? TANIA ELG, and MITZI GAYNOR [STILL 'HERE']form just a perfect trio with Miss Kendall. {Tania's audition is quite a hoot - as is the rather avant-garde Mitze Gaynor 'Wild Ones' [cycle gang] dance number with Icon Gene Kelly}.Mr. Kelly is a smart, sexy, seductive and utterly brilliant leading man ~ a gracious legacy!You cannot fail, but to be yanked out of the blues with this one!"
LES GIRLS-A brilliant musical cinema event
Jeffrey Bruce | Boca Raton, FL USA | 04/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"...LES GIRLS is my alltime favorite movie musical.
As an actor who has spent his life in musical theatre, the story is a delightful backstage romp that was reminiscent of some of the events that TRULY take place. Perhaps this is what the "other" reviewer found objectionable. Yes there are women running around in their underwear ...the leading man (Gene Kelly) has flirtations and... affairs w/his dancers... and winds up happy w/Mitzi, which I imagine is many a male's fantasy...BR>The score is terrific, and w/the delightful comedienne Kay Kendall handling the laughs, there are many.
So when it arrives on the 25th I'll be first in line to purchase several copies (for friends AND [loved ones]!!!).
Sit back, relax, enjoy the ride and savor what is truly one of the most "perfect" showbiz musical ever."
"I'm no good ... nobody wants my cigarettes!"
Sanpete | in Utah | 11/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This film is a treasure. It isn't just a lush, vibrant showcase for minor Cole Porter and major dance routines; it's also a delightful romantic comedy with a clever twist. The one point where I disagree with Amazon's review by Robert Horton is this: the film is a peak outing for director George Cukor. Everyone understands their role perfectly; each actor is well cast and plays well off the others; each gets the most out of a sharply written script.

The film is basically three accounts of the same story (as in Rashomon), each from the obviously self-protecting viewpoint of a different person. You might expect this to be tedious or redundant, but it's skillfully done, with very little repetition, so it's fresh each time. The title of the film comes from a musical/dance revue troupe based in Paris, run by and starring American Barry Nichols (Gene Kelly), and featuring three wonderful and very different women, "Les Girls." Nichols, judging from the three stories, falls in love with each of them. There are strong hints, though, along with some inconsistencies, that suggest none of the stories is the whole truth, and that none is too far from the truth either.

Horton (and others I see) is right to single out Kay Kendall, a beautiful tall thin glass of comedic, vocal and dance talent who would steal the show if the others weren't also at the top of their game. I wonder how much of her drunk scenes was improvised: her take on Bizet's Carmen (which leads to the perfectly tossed-off line I put in my title) is hilarious. She's the only-slightly-proper British corner of the Girls.

The other two Girls, the very French (though actually Finnish) Taina Elg and the All-American Mitzi Gaynor, are also beauties and real all-around talents. The song and dance numbers are great fun, especially the "Ladies in Waiting" romp that the Girls take center stage in. Kelly and Gaynor also have a memorable number, choreographed by Kelly himaself (the rest were done by Tony winner Jack Cole), which is built around a parody of Marlon Brando's motorcycle gang persona from The Wild One.

The costumes and wardrobe live up to the Parisian setting (and the Oscar they won for Edith Head), a pleasure to look at. The orchestrations are full and fun, especially for the Brando parody, with its rich saxes and punchy brasses. The film looks gorgeous on DVD. A great treat.

The main DVD extra is an 8-minute behind-the-scenes piece about the film narrated by a much older and still engaging Taina Elg, well put together and well worth watching. There is also an extended trailer (which informs us twice that "Les Girls" rhymes with "playgirls") and a cute 1954 cartoon short called "The Flea Circus," which concerns a troupe of singing and dancing fleas, not otherwise related to the main feature."
Gene Kelly's farewell to MGM
Robert E. Nylund | Ft. Wayne, Indiana United States | 07/24/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The three "That's Entertainment" films highlighted the great musicals made by MGM from 1929 to 1958, but they did not include any of this marvelous late musical film (released in 1957), which was apparently Gene Kelly's final production for the Culver City studio. Released near the end of the great musical era at MGM, "Les Girls" was also the final film to have original songs (and lyrics) by Cole Porter. (Porter's final score was for the 1958 CBS special "Aladdin.")

It is well known how Gene Kelly set such high standards for his musicals, seeking new, innovative approaches to dance on film and how he rehearsed endlessly and demanded the same from his costars. Although this film was directed by George Cukor, there are times when Kelly so dominates the film that it seems almost autobiographical. The energetic, athletic approach to dance, which was acknowledged by friend and colleague Fred Astaire (particularly in the first "That's Entertainment film), is clearly present in this production. The motorcycle gang sequence is particularly imaginative and is a good example of Kelly's efforts to seek fresh approaches to dance on film.

Kelly is partnered with three singing dancers with very different backgrounds: an American, Mitzi Gaynor (who appeared in numerous movie musicals in the 1950s, mostly at 20th Century Fox); an Englishwoman, Kay Kendall (married to actor Rex Harrison and who tragically died from cancer only two years later); and a Frenchwoman, played by Finnish actress Taina Elg.

The film presents three different versions of the same story, in which it appears that Kelly has been romantically involved with one of his female partners. The "truth" emerges during a British libel trial, leading the viewer to wonder what exactly did happen.

Besides the delightful Cole Porter music, the film also has the lavish MGM look, with impressive sets, garish color photography, and elegant costumes. Sadly, the great MGM era was drawing to a close and the studio itself would go into a slow decline.

George Cukor was often said to be a "woman's director," but he was actually very gifted and imaginative. He had a special way with musicals, as demonstrated by his work on two legendary Warner Brothers films: the 1954 version of "A Star Is Born" with Judy Garland and James Mason, and the 1964 adaptation of "My Fair Lady" with Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn.

The Hollywood musical declined, of course, in the late 1950's due to the increasing popularity of rock music. Elvis Presley actually made a series of musicals for MGM, which were quite successful, because his movies included the music most young people wanted to hear. The more traditional musicals faded, even at MGM (which was so noted for its musical, produced mainly by Arthur Freed or Joe Pasternack), with most future productions focusing on adaptations of successful Broadway shows. MGM's final original musical was Lerner and Loewe's "Gigi," released in 1958.

Although this film wasn't showcased in any of the "That's Entertainment" tributes, it is still very entertaining and it gives us yet another opportunity to enjoy the dancing and singing of the Gene Kelly, this time with three very capable partners."