An American in Paris Cast, Box Office Collection, Budget, Storyline

An American in Paris

Gene Kelly does his patented Pal Joey bit as Jerry Mulligan, an opportunistic American painter living in Paris’ “starving artists” colony. He is discovered by wealthy Milo Roberts (Nina Foch), who becomes Jerry’s patroness in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Jerry plays hookey on this setup by romancing waif-like Lise Bouvier (Leslie Caron) — who, unbeknownst to him, is the object of the affections of his close friend Henri (Georges Guetary), a popular nightclub performer. (The film was supposed to make Guetary into “the New Chevalier.” It didn’t.) The thinnish plot is held together by the superlative production numbers and by the recycling of several vintage George Gershwin tunes, including “I Got Rhythm,” “‘S Wonderful,” and “Our Love Is Here to Stay.” Highlights include Guetary’s rendition of “Stairway to Paradise”; Oscar Levant’s fantasy of conducting and performing Gershwin’s “Concerto in F” (Levant also appears as every member of the orchestra); and the closing 17-minute “American in Paris” ballet, in which Kelly and Caron dance before lavish backgrounds based on the works of famed French artists. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Release date: Oct 4, 1951
Production Company: MGM
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Genre: Classics,Musical & Performing Arts,Romance

An American in Paris Caste and Crew
Director: Vincente Minnelli
writer: Alan Jay Lerner,Vincente Minnelli
Gene Kelly,Maurice Chevalier,Leslie Caron,Louis Jourdan,Oscar Levant,Nina Foch,Hermione Gingold,Georges Guétary,Eva Gabor,Eugene Borden,Martha Bamattre,Mary Young,Ann Codee,George Davis,Mary Jones,Hayden Rorke,Madge Blake,Paul Maxey,Dick Wessel,Nan Boardman,Andre Charisse,Art Dupuis,John Eldredge,Jeanne Lafayette,Greg McClure,Noel Neill,Anna Q. Nilsson,Alfred Paix,Don Quinn,Alex Romero