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80 Ratings

Les Girls

Directed by George Cukor
United States, 1957
Comedy, Musical


Tap-dancing lothario Gene Kelly romances three different showgirls (Kay Kendall, Mitzi Gaynor and Tania Elg) from three different countries. Their stories are told in flashback and set to a sprightly Cole Porter score.

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Les Girls Directed by George Cukor

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1958 | Winner: Best Costume Design

1958 | 2 nominations including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Directors Guild of America

1958 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Writers Guild of America

1958 | Winner: Best Written American Musical (Screen)

Critics reviews

We’ve all learned, supposedly, to be more sensitive and thus to be a touch affronted at Hollywood’s flip treatment of alcoholism. But I find I’m rarely that bothered by Arthur Housman doing his detailed dipso routine in Laurel & Hardy films. Kendall playing a solitary drinker who gets riotously blotto a la Judith Hearne is a bit stronger. But she does play it magnificently.
January 03, 2018
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The great musicals of the late Fifties have a curtain-call feeling to them, a sense the artists knew their champagne was about to be confiscated… And of all the era’s big-budget jewels, few give me sharper pleasure than Les Girls. There were plenty of “three girls” movies in the Fifties, but none of them are as sizzlingly adult as this gender-flipped Rashomon about three showgirls vying for the caddish heart of Gene Kelly, the song-and-dance man who runs the troupe.
February 03, 2016
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