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Invitation to the Dance (1956)

This is a movie where three entirely different stories are told though dancing. Words are not used and the style of dancing is different for each part. Kelly is a clown in the 'Circus'; a ... See full summary »

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Gene Kelly, Joseph Barbera (uncredited) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Kelly ... The Clown in 'Circus' / The Marine in 'Ring Around the Rosy' / Sinbad in 'Sinbad the Sailor'
Igor Youskevitch ... The Lover in 'Circus' / The Artist in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Claire Sombert Claire Sombert ... The Loved in 'Circus'
Tamara Toumanova ... The Girl on the Stairs in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Diana Adams Diana Adams ... The Hatcheck Girl in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Tommy Rall ... The Sharpie in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Belita ... The Femme Fatale in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
David Paltenghi David Paltenghi ... The Husband in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Daphne Dale Daphne Dale ... The Wife in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Claude Bessy Claude Bessy ... The Model in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Irving Davies Irving Davies ... The Crooner in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
André Previn ... The Composer at the Piano in 'Ring Around the Rosy'
Carol Haney ... Scheherazade in 'Sinbad the Sailor'
David Kasday David Kasday ... The Genie in 'Sinbad the Sailor'
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Storyline

This is a movie where three entirely different stories are told though dancing. Words are not used and the style of dancing is different for each part. Kelly is a clown in the 'Circus'; a Marine in 'Ring Around the Rosy'; and Sinbad in 'Sinbad the Sailor'. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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circus | sailor | genie | clown | bracelet | See All (24) »

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Featured in all its beauty and excitement in the current issue of LIFE


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Circus See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A fourth segment called "Dance Me a Song," comprised of popular tunes, was deleted. See more »

Goofs

During the "Scheherazade" sequence the color of the palace guard's costumes suddenly changes from green to blue. See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Dancing! (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Ring Around The Rosy
Music by André Previn
Conducted by André Previn
Orchestrated by Wally Heglin (uncredited)
Danced by (in ring order): Daphne Dale, Igor Youskevitch, Claude Bessy,
Tommy Rall, Belita, Irving Davies, Diana Adams, Gene Kelly,
, Tamara Toumanova, and David Paltenghi
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Amazing Dance with Animation
19 September 2011 | by ccbcSee all my reviews

The first two segments of this film may or may not impress you, but do watch the third: "Sinbad the Sailor". Kelly plays an American sailor in an exotic Oriental market. He rubs an old lamp and a genie appears, played by an amazingly talented kid. After a bit of messing around,the genie gets a sailor suit, too. Then they open a book to a picture of a wonderous land. The genie transports them inside and all the rest features the two dancers (mostly Kelly alone) dancing with animation.This segment is much longer than any other live-plus-animation sequence until Mary Poppins excepting, possibly Song of the South whose sequences were nowhere near so complex as this. Kelly dances with an animated dragon (that wraps around him), into a harem, is chased by the Sultan's guards, has a long sequence with one harem girl, and then a very long sequence with the guards. This is amazing work for 1952, especially when you remember that every bit of the animation is hand-painted on cels. Hanna-Barbera (then with MGM doing Tom and Jerry directed the animation. (Kelly also did a famous dance number with Jerry in Anchors Aweigh eight years earlier.) Walt Disney advised. This is swell stuff and any fan of animation should give it a look.


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