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Invitation to the Dance Details

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MGM's Invitation to the Dance was the fruition of Gene Kelly's long-standing dream to create a plotless "concert" feature. Eschewing dialogue, Kelly tells three stories entirely through the medium of dance. The first sequence is a mime-like Pagliacci story, with Kelly as the Clown and Igor Youskevitch and Claire Sombert as the Lovers. The second vignette, "Ring Around the Rosy," tells the story of a bracelet as it is passed from owner to owner. The best is saved till last: "Sinbad the Sailor," wherein Kelly shares screen time with a plethora of animated cartoon characters, courtesy of MGM house cartoonists William Hanna and Joe Barbera. Carol Haney appears briefly as Scheherezade, and also posed for the writhing cartoon serpent. Considered totally unsellable by the MGM higher-ups, Invitation to the Dance was shelved upon its completion in 1952, and didn't see the light of day for nearly four years. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 15, 1956

Cast

Gene Kelly
as The Clown
Igor Youskevitch
as The Lover
Claire Sombert
as The Loved
Carol Haney
as Scheherazade [Sinbad The Sailor]
David Kasday
as The Genie [Sinbad The Sailor]
Tommy Rall
as Flashy Boyfriend
Claude Bessy
as The Model [Ring Around The Rosy]
Diana Adams
as Hat Check Girl [Ring Around The Rosy]
Belita
as Femme Fatale
Daphne Dale
as The Wife [Ring Around The Rosy]
Irving Davies
as The Crooner [Ring Around The Rosy]
Gene Kelly
as Sinbad
Gene Kelly
as The Marine
Gene Kelly
as Sinbad

Crew

Gene Kelly
Director
Arthur Freed
Producer
Gene Kelly
Screenwriter
Freddie Young
Cinematographer
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer
Malcolm Arnold
Composer (Music Score)
Jacques Ibert
Composer (Music Score)
Johnny Green
Musical Direction/Supervision
Andre Previn
Musical Direction/Supervision
Andre Previn
Composer (Music Score)
Ray Poulton
Editor
Alfred Junge
Art Director
Randall Duell
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Rolf Gerard
Costume Designer
Elizabeth Haffenden
Costume Designer
William Hanna
Animator
Joseph Barbera
Animator
Gene Kelly
Choreography
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