Invitation to the Dance (1956) starring Gene Kelly

Invitation to the Dance [Gene Kelly]

Invitation to the Dance (1956) starring Gene Kelly

Synopsis of Invitation to the Dance

Invitation to the Dance is an anthology of three stories in dance. Gene Kelly wrote, directed, choreographed, and stars. The first story deals with a mime-like Pagliacci comic drama. The second is about a bracelet passed from owner to owner. The final is an Arabian Night adventure featuring animated cartoon characters drawn by the Hanna-Barbera animators.

The Pirate (1948) starring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak

The Pirate [Judy Garland, Gene Kelly]

The Pirate (1948) starring Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Walter Slezak

The Pirate is a fun-filled and musical case of mistaken identity when lonely Judy Garland mistakes traveling clown Gene Kelly for a famed Caribbean pirate. But what happens when the real pirate rears his head?

Song lyrics to Tra-la-la (This Time It's Really Love) Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, performed by Gene Kelly and Oscar Levant in An American in Paris

Tra-la-la (This Time It’s Really Love) song lyrics

Song lyrics to Tra-la-la (This Time It’s Really Love) Music by George Gershwin, Lyrics by Ira Gershwin, performed by Gene Kelly and Oscar Levant in An American in Paris

An American in Paris (1951), starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, directed by Vincente Minelli

An American in Paris [Gene Kelly]

An American in Paris (1951), starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, directed by Vincente Minelli

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Synopsis of An American in Paris

Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron sing and dance to the music of George and Ira Gershwin in An American in Paris. When ex-GI Jerry Mulligan (Kelly) remains in Paris to pursue life as an artist, he is discovered by a wealthy patroness interested in more than his art. But Mulligan falls in love with a French shop girl (Caron) who is engaged to his friend.

The Babbitt And The Bromide song lyrics - by George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin, performed in Ziegfeld Follies by Gene Kelly & Fred Astaire

The Babbitt And The Bromide

The Babbitt And The Bromide song lyrics – by George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin, performed in Ziegfeld Follies by Gene Kelly & Fred Astaire

A babbitt met a bromide on the avenue one day,
And held a conversation in their own peculiar way;
They both were solid citizens, they both had been around,
And as they spoke you clearly saw their feet were on the ground!

Ballin' the Jack lyrics, music by Chris Smith, lyrics by Jim Burris, performed by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in For Me and My Gal

Ballin’ the Jack

Ballin’ the Jack lyrics, music by Chris Smith, lyrics by Jim Burris

Ballin’ the Jack is oddly popular in films.  It’s been performed by Gene Kelly and Judy Garland in For Me and My Gal, by Dean Martin and Polly Bergen in That’s My Boy,  by Danny Kaye in On the Riviera and on his album, Entertainer Extraordinary, sung by Gilda Radner and Dom Deluise (in drag!) in Haunted Honeymoon.

For Me and My Gal lyrics - music by George W. Meyer , lyrics by Edgar Leslie and E. Ray Goetz, performed by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in the musical, For Me and My Gal

For Me and My Gal lyrics

For Me and My Gal lyrics – music by George W. Meyer , lyrics by Edgar Leslie and E. Ray Goetz, performed by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in the musical, For Me and My Gal

The bells are ringing for me and my gal
The birds are singing for me and my gal
Everybody’s been knowing
To a wedding they’re going
And for weeks they’ve been sewing
Every Susie and Sal
They’re congregating for me and my gal
The Parson’s waiting for me and my gal

What a Way to Go starring Shirley MacLaine, Dick Van Dyke, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Gene Kelly, Dean Martin, Bob Cummings

What a Way to Go

What a Way to Go (1964) starring Shirley MacLaine, Dick Van Dyke, Paul Newman, Robert Mitchum, Gene Kelly, Dean Martin, Bob Cummings

Synopsis of What a Way to Go



What a Way to Go is a black comedy.  It opens with Louisa Foster donating a multi-million dollar check to the IRS. The tax department thinks she’s crazy and sends her to a psychiatrist. She then discusses her four marriages, in which all of her husbands became incredibly rich and died prematurely because of their drive to be rich.