Les Girls (1957)

GEORGE CUKOR

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1957Sol C. Siegel Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Story by , Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Glorious MGM musical perfectly highlights how much the world of entertainment lost in the premature death of  two years later. She stars alongside  and as three women who conflict in opinion over their various affairs with an American entertainer living in Paris (). 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)

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