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An American in Paris Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Gene Kelly does his patented Pal Joey bit as Jerry Mulligan, an opportunistic American painter living in Paris' "starving artists" colony. He is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), who becomes Jerry's patroness in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Jerry plays hookey on this setup by romancing waif-like Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron) -- who, unbeknownst to him, is the object of the affections of his close friend Henri (Georges Guetary), a popular nightclub performer. (The film was supposed to make Guetary into "the New Chevalier." It didn't.) The thinnish plot is held together by the superlative production numbers and by the recycling of several vintage George Gershwin tunes, including "I Got Rhythm," "'S Wonderful," and "Our Love Is Here to Stay." Highlights include Guetary's rendition of "Stairway to Paradise"; Oscar Levant's fantasy of conducting and performing Gershwin's "Concerto in F" (Levant also appears as every member of the orchestra); and the closing 17-minute "American in Paris" ballet, in which Kelly and Caron dance before lavish backgrounds based on the works of famed French artists. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 9, 1951

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Keogh Gleason Best Color Art Direction 1951 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Gene Kelly Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Irene Sharaff Best Color Costume Design 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Alton Best Color Cinematography 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Johnny Green Best Musical Score 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Saul Chaplin Best Musical Score 1951 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Vincente Minnelli Best Director 1951 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Vincente Minnelli Best Director 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vincente Minnelli Best Director 1951 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walter Plunkett Best Color Costume Design 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Freed Best Picture 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Color Art Direction 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Jay Lerner Best Story and Screenplay 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edwin B. Willis Best Color Art Direction 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Orry-Kelly Best Color Costume Design 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alfred Gilks Best Color Cinematography 1951 Winner

Cast

Gene Kelly
as Jerry Mulligan
Leslie Caron
as Lise Bouvier
Oscar Levant
as Adam Cook
Georges Guetary
as Henri Baurel
Nina Foch
as Milo Roberts
Eugene Borden
as George Mattieu
Martha Bamattre
as Mathilde Mattieu
George Davis
as Francois
Dick Wessel
as Ben Macrow
Madge Blake
as Edna Mae Bestram (customer)
Nan Boardman
as Maid
Andre Charisse
as Dancing Partner
Ann Codee
as Therese
Art Dupuis
as Driver
John Eldredge
as Jack Jansen
Jeanne Lafayette
as Nun
Paul Maxey
as John McDowd
Greg McClure
as Artist
Noel Neill
as American Girl
Anna Q. Nilsson
as Kay Jansen
Alfred Paix
as Postman
Hayden Rorke
as Tommy Baldwin
Alex Romero
Anna Q. Nilsson
as Kay Jansen
Alfred Paix
as Postman
Greg McClure
as Artist
Noel Neill
as American Girl
Jeanne Lafayette
as Nun
Paul Maxey
as John McDowd
Hayden Rorke
as Tommy Baldwin
Ann Codee
as Therese
George Davis
as Francois
Madge Blake
as Edna Mae Bestram (customer)
John Eldredge
as Jack Jansen
Art Dupuis
as Driver
Nan Boardman
as Maid
Andre Charisse
as Dancing Partner
Dick Wessel
as Ben Macrow

Crew

Vincente Minnelli
Director
Arthur Freed
Producer
Alan Jay Lerner
Screenwriter
Alan Jay Lerner
Screen Story
Alfred Gilks
Cinematographer
John Alton
Cinematographer
Saul Chaplin
Musical Direction/Supervision
George Gershwin
Featured Music
Ira Gershwin
Songwriter
Johnny Green
Musical Direction/Supervision
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Orry-Kelly
Costume Designer
Irene Sharaff
Costume Designer
Walter Plunkett
Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
John Alton
Consultant/advisor
Gene Kelly
Choreography
Ira Gershwin
Lyricist
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