Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1957. Sol C. Siegel Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Story by Vera Caspary, Screenplay by John Patrick. Cinematography by Robert Surtees. Produced by Sol C. Siegel. Music by Saul Chaplin. Production Design by Gene Allen, William A. Horning. Costume Design by Orry-Kelly. Film Editing by Ferris Webster.
Glorious MGM musical perfectly highlights how much the world of entertainment lost in the premature death of Kay Kendall two years later. She stars alongside Mitzi Gaynor and Taina Elg as three women who conflict in opinion over their various affairs with an American entertainer living in Paris (Gene Kelly). When Kendall publishes a novel all about the three of them in connection with Kelly, the other two ladies come along and sue her for libel. What follows is a courtroom musical-comedy that unfolds in a Rashomon-like manner, allowing for all three protagonists to tell the exact same story in three completely different ways. You won’t think far too much of the screenplay, but the actresses are all energetic and boisterous, Kendall is a scream, and the costumes by Orry-Kelly are simply gorgeous. To boot, the entire score is filled to the brim with great Cole Porter songs.
Academy Award: Best Costume Design
Nominations: Best Art Direction; Best Sound Recording
Golden Globe Awards: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy; Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Taina Elg) (tie); Best Actress-Musical/Comedy (Kay Kendall) (tie)