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Movie Info

Gene Kelly stars in three vignettes told exclusively through mime and dance. In "Circus," a love triangle unfolds beneath the big top as a besotted clown (Kelly) pursues a trapeze artist who loves an acrobat. Next, "Ring Around the Rosy" follows the travels of a gold bracelet as it passes hands from lovers to love interests until it comes full circle. Finally, "Sinbad the Sailor" finds Sinbad (Kelly) in a world of cartoons, where he does battle and dances with many colorful characters.

Cast & Crew

Gene Kelly
Host, Pierrot, The Marine, Sinbad
Igor Youskevitch
The Lover, The Artist
Carol Haney
Scheherazade
David Kasday
The Genie, Little Sailor
Tommy Rall
Flashy Boyfriend
Belita
The Femme Fatale
Irving Davies
The Crooner
Diana Adams
Hat Check Girl
Tamara Toumanova
The Streetwalker
Gene Kelly
Screenwriter
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer
Freddie Young
Cinematographer
Robert Watts
Film Editor
Randall Duell
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Alfred Junge
Art Director
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Critic Reviews for Invitation to the Dance

All Critics (2) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (1)

  • For me, it contains a few delightful moments-but only a few. sparsely strewn amid much that is either pretentious or second-rate. In abler hands, the same format may yet produce cherishable results.

    November 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Never an enthusiast for filmed ballet, which, for all its theoretical possibilities, in practice always seems to confuse two mediums, I am enough of an enthusiast for Gene Kelly to watch a programme of his ballets.

    July 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • For me, it contains a few delightful moments-but only a few. sparsely strewn amid much that is either pretentious or second-rate. In abler hands, the same format may yet produce cherishable results.

    November 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Never an enthusiast for filmed ballet, which, for all its theoretical possibilities, in practice always seems to confuse two mediums, I am enough of an enthusiast for Gene Kelly to watch a programme of his ballets.

    July 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Invitation to the Dance

  • Oct 28, 2011
    When watching a Gene Kelly musical one could have the feeling that the musical numbers were interrupted by the story, not the other way round. Here Kelly finds a project with a scope big enough to fit his whole ego, finally doing away with all the story (in the way of words, at least) and leaving us with all the dancing. This criminaly unseen impressionistic film opens quite a window into the imagination of one of Old Hollywood's most prolific artists - and not quite unlike "Singin' in the Rain", he made a movie looking at the core of what it was about to make an MGM musical: it was about being artsy, it was about being kitschy, about working with archetypes and especially about wearing thights and trying to melt icebergs by smiling at the camera.
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