Invitation to the Dance

Invitation to the Dance

Gene Kelly
 Cast: Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
, Igor Youskevitch
Igor Youskevitch
, Claire Sombert
Claire Sombert
, Carol Haney
Carol Haney


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2011
UPC: 0883316324097
Original Release: 1956
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 25,057

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Kelly The Clown,Sinbad,The Marine
Igor Youskevitch The Lover
Claire Sombert The LOved
Carol Haney Scheherazade [Sinbad The Sailor]
David Kasday The Genie [Sinbad The Sailor]
Tommy Rall Flashy Boyfriend
Tamara Toumanova The Girl
Claude Bessy The Model [Ring Around The Rosy]
Diana Adams Hat Check Girl [Ring Around The Rosy]
Belita Femme Fatale
Daphne Dale The Wife [Ring Around The Rosy]
Irving Davies The Crooner [Ring Around The Rosy]
Sigurdur Sverrir Palsson The Husand

Technical Credits
Gene Kelly Director,Choreography,Screenwriter
Malcolm Arnold Score Composer
Joseph Barbera Animator
Ed Benedict Animator
Randall Duell Art Director
Roger Edens Score Composer
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Arthur Freed Producer
Rolf Gerard Costumes/Costume Designer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Johnny Green Musical Direction/Supervision
Elizabeth Haffenden Costumes/Costume Designer
William Hanna Animator
Tom Howard Special Effects
Jacques Ibert Score Composer
John Hollingsworth Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Junge Art Director
Ray Poulton Editor
André Previn Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Quimby Animator
Irving G. Ries Animator
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Robert Watts Editor
Freddie Young Cinematographer

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