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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More comedy than musical, really, this is Gene Kelly meets Cole Porter meets Rashômon with Cukor making the most of the screen. Despite all of that, the fabulous Kay Kendall walks away with show with sexy, snobby silliness. I heart Kay Kendall!
Although a musical, this film could very well work without the musical numbers. The screenplay (inspired by Rashomon) is witty and sparkling. Kay Kendall outshines everyone else with her blend of class, British nonsense and wackiness.
Cole Porter's score is a pleasant wink and nod to what he has done in his career. Et bien sûr, Gene Kelly!