Les Girls

  • 1957
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

Attempting to carry on the tradition of their great musicals of the 1930s and 40s, MGM released this relatively minor effort employing some of the studio's finest creative talents in 1957. Barry (Gene Kelly), Angele (Taina Elg), Joy (Mitzi Gaynor), and Sybil (Kay Kendall) are the former members of "Barry Nichols and Les Girls," a popular European cabaret...read more

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Attempting to carry on the tradition of their great musicals of the 1930s and 40s, MGM released this relatively minor effort employing some of the studio's finest creative talents in 1957. Barry (Gene Kelly), Angele (Taina Elg), Joy (Mitzi Gaynor), and Sybil (Kay Kendall) are the former

members of "Barry Nichols and Les Girls," a popular European cabaret act. Years after the group has dissolved, Sybil, now Lady Wren, publishes her all-too-candid recollections of what went on romantically behind the scenes among Barry and his partners. Angele is outraged by the revelations and

sues Sybil for defamation of character, the case is tried in court, and the picture becomes a musical RASHOMON, with each of the principals telling the story of the act as they remember it--none lying, but all recalling matters very differently. Not surprisingly, Barry (now married to Joy) gives

the key testimony, and the picture ends with resumed good relations among the group, after all have had their say and a host of musical numbers have been performed. The script is more complicated than witty and can't sustain what's meant to be a breezy paean to the great MGM musicals; Kelly (in

his last MGM appearance before THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT) never quite musters the energy needed for his role; and Cole Porter's last Hollywood score is not one of his best. LES GIRLS's failure to make big money signaled the end of the "original musical" for Hollywood. The tunes include a delicious

satire of Brando's THE WILD ONE entitled "Why Am I So Gone (About That Gal)?"

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