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Les Girls (1954)

Gene Kelly , Mitzi Gaynor , George Cukor , Tex Avery  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Gene Kelly, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall, Taina Elg, Jacques Bergerac
  • Directors: George Cukor, Tex Avery
  • Writers: Heck Allen, John Patrick, Vera Caspary
  • Producers: Fred Quimby, Saul Chaplin, Sol C. Siegel
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AOWL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Les Girls" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All-new digital transfer
  • Taina Elg hosts Cole Porter in Hollywood: Ca C'est l'Amour
  • Vintage cartoon: "Flea Circus"
  • Behind-the-scenes notes

Editorial Reviews

Lively Cole Porter songs highlight this musical comedy. Gene Kelly's a dancer touring Europe who romances each of the beautiful members of his troupe (Taina Elg, Mitzi Gaynor, Kay Kendall), which leads to funny complications and a hilarious courtroom climax. Songs include "Les Girls," "Flower Song," "Ladies in Waiting," and more. 114 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish; featurette; bonus short "The Flea Circus" (1954); theatrical trailer. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gene Kelly's farewell to MGM July 24, 2006
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.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'SWONDERFUL, 'SFABULOUS, 'STO BE SEEN OFTEN! June 11, 2003
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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!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm no good ... nobody wants my cigarettes!" November 20, 2006
By Sanpete
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ding-ding-ding-ding.... July 8, 2004
The whole production is a beautiful enigma. On the one hand, it has Gene Kelly and George Cukor and the smart, smooth music of Cole Porter. But the stucture of the plot seems to be a bit bumpy, and most of this bumpiness seems to stem from the RASHOMON-like tale starting, stopping, and starting again over two hours. A lot of people seem to think that the Porter score was sub-par; I wholeheartedly disagree. An especially beautiful sequence is a rowboat scene between Kelly and Taina Elg which segues into the love song "Ca C'est L'amour." Also clever are the burlesque turn of "Ladies In Waiting" and the vaudeville-like "You're Just Too, Too" which pairs Kelly with the rapturous Kay Kendall. Kendall is, in many ways, the real star of LG with her deft comedy and her cool, elegant beauty. Knowing that she died shortly after completing this film (and so young) makes the experience all the more distraught. Still, Mitzi Gaynor is a dish (especially when dancing with Kelly in a sexy black dress) and Kendall is a comic revealation (drunkenly singing opera for five straight minutes!) Thank goodnes it's on widescreen DVD where it belongs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta See!
Wow! What a great movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gene Kelly...Terrific Personality!
Super...This film is so much fun. The performances of Mr. Kelly and friends are a beautiful delight. Thoroughly enjoyable... Read more
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I love this movie; it's not as good as Singing in the Rain, but it has the incomparable Gene Kelly still at the top of his game. Read more
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Excellent movie. Best yet. Have always loved movies and music. This is the best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cole Porter wrote the music
I am learning more about Cole Porter than I ever knew before. I love his music and his story is so sad too. Like Christopher Reeves, his horse did him in too. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars PLAYGIRLS --- LES GIRLS
What a wonderful musical. So gorgeous to look at MGM's recreation of the Folies in the fifties!! This movie has it all, humor, beauty, storyline, and wonderful Cole Porter music. Read more
Published 8 months ago by raven maven
3.0 out of 5 stars The trouble with success is
the fact that it can go to your head.

After the wickedly over-rated "An American In Paris" and smashing "Singin' In The Rain", Gene Kelly, deservedly, could do no wrong. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ben
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love oldies!
One of my fav Gene Kelly movies! I love the classics. They just don't make movies like they used to!
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