Gene Kelly filmography

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Gene Kelly in the trailer for Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)

Gene Kelly (1912–1996) was an American dancer, actor, singer, director, producer and choreographer whose work in motion pictures spans from 1942 to 1996. He is probably best known today for his performances in musicals, notably An American in Paris (1951) and Singin' in the Rain (1952).

Kelly made his Hollywood film debut in For Me and My Gal (1942), co-starring with Judy Garland.[1] Afterward, he went on to work as an actor, dancer and subsequently, choreographer, in a series of musical films. In these films, his choreography included experiments with a combination of dance and animation (Anchors Aweigh and Invitation to the Dance) and dance scenes involving special effects (including the "Alter Ego" number from Cover Girl and the split-screen dance number from It's Always Fair Weather).[2][3] In addition to his work as an actor and choreographer, Kelly directed or co-directed several films, some of which did not feature him in an acting role. Kelly appeared in several non-musical dramatic and comedy films as well.

Kelly received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Anchors Aweigh (1945) and won an Honorary Academy Award for his work in An American in Paris (1951).[4] He was voted the 15th most popular film actor on the American Film Institute’s millennium list, while his Singin' in the Rain was voted the most popular movie musical of all time.[1][5]

This filmography below contains a chronological listing of Gene Kelly's feature films. His musicals are indicated with a beamed eighth note symbol (♫).


Year Title Functioned as Notes
Kelly's musical numbers
Director Actor Choreographer Role
1942 For Me and My Gal Yes Yes Harry Palmer Co-choreographer
"When You Wore a Tulip", "Ballin' the Jack", "Tramp Dance", "Frenchie, Frenchie"
1943 Pilot #5 Yes Vito S. Alessandro MGM
1943 DuBarry Was a Lady Yes Yes Alec Howe / The Black Arrow Co-choreographer
"Do I Love You, Do I", "Friendship"
1943 Thousands Cheer Yes Yes Private Eddie Marsh Co-choreographer
"Let Me Call You Sweetheart"
1943 The Cross of Lorraine Yes Victor MGM
1944 Cover Girl Yes Yes Danny McGuire Co-choreographer
"The Show Must Go On", "Long Ago (and Far Away)", "Alter Ego"
1944 Christmas Holiday Yes Robert Manette Universal
1945 Anchors Aweigh Yes Yes GM2 Joseph Brady Co-choreographer
"The Mexican Hat Dance", "The Worry Song" (w/Tom and Jerry), "La Cumparsita!"
1945 Combat Fatigue Irritability Yes Seaman Bob Lucas Short military training film U.S. Navy
1946 Ziegfeld Follies Yes Yes Himself Co-choreographer
"The Babbit and the Bromide"
1947 Living in a Big Way Yes Yes Leo Gogarty Co-choreographer
"It Had to Be You", "Fido and Me", dance on half-completed apartment house
1948 The Pirate Yes Yes Serafin Co-choreographer
"Be a Clown", "The Pirate Ballet", Niña"
1948 The Three Musketeers Yes Yes d'Artagnan Co-choreographer of action sequences MGM
1948 Words and Music Yes Yes Himself "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" MGM
1949 Take Me Out to the Ball Game Yes Yes Eddie O'Brien Co-choreographer
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game", "The Hat My Father Wore on St. Patrick's Day", "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg", "Yes, Indeedy", "Strictly U.S.A."
1949 On the Town Yes Yes Yes Gabey Co-choreographed and co-directed by Stanley Donen[6]
"New York, New York", "We're Going on the Town", "Prehistoric Man", "Main Street", "Count on Me", "A Day in New York", "That's All There is Folks"
1950 The Black Hand Yes Giovanni E. "Johnny" Columbo MGM
1950 Summer Stock Yes Yes Joe D. Ross Co-choreographer
"Dig-Dig-Dig-Dig for Your Supper", "You, Wonderful You" (dance with newspaper), "All for You", "Hillbilly Heaven" (plus Garland number "Get Happy")
1951 An American in Paris Yes Yes Jerry Mulligan Co-choreographer
"Tra-La-La", "By Strauss", "I Got Rhythm", "'S Wonderful", "Our Love Is Here to Stay", "An American in Paris ballet"
1951 It's a Big Country Yes Icarus Xenophon MGM
1952 Love Is Better Than Ever Yes Himself (unbilled cameo) MGM
1952 Singin' in the Rain Yes Yes Yes Don Lockwood Co-choreographed and co-directed by Stanley Donen[7]
"Singin' in the Rain", "Fit as a Fiddle", "Good Mornin'", "You Were Meant For Me", "Broadway Ballet" (plus O'Connor number: "Make 'Em Laugh")
1952 The Devil Makes Three Yes Capt. Jeff Eliot MGM
1954 Brigadoon Yes Yes Tommy Albright Co-choreographer
"The Heather on the Hill", "Almost Like Being in Love", "The Chase", "From This Day On"
1954 Seagulls Over Sorrento (Crest Of The Wave, US Release ) Yes Lt. "Brad" Bradville (USN) Filmed in the United Kingdom[8] MGM
1954 Deep in My Heart Yes Yes Himself Co-choreographer
"Dancing Around"
1955 It's Always Fair Weather Yes Yes Yes Ted Riley Co-choreographed and co-directed by Stanley Donen[9]
"The Time Has Come For Parting" (dance with trash can lids), "Once Upon a Time", "I Like Myself"
1956 Invitation to the Dance Yes Yes Yes The Clown / The Marine / Sinbad "Circus", "Ring Around the Rosie", "Sinbad the Sailor" MGM
1957 The Happy Road Yes Yes Michael J. Andrews MGM
1957 Cole Porter's Les Girls Yes Yes Barry Nichols Co-choreographer
"Les Girls", "Ça c'est l'amour", "The Rope Dance", "Why Am I So Gone About That Girl", "You're Just Too, Too"
1958 Marjorie Morningstar Yes Noel Airman Warner Bros.
1958 The Tunnel of Love Yes MGM
1960 Inherit the Wind Yes E. K. Hornbeck United Artists
1960 Let's Make Love Yes Yes Himself (cameo) Co-choreographer 20th Century Fox
1960 Gigot Yes Seven Arts
1964 What a Way to Go! Yes Yes Pinky Benson Co-choreographer
"Musical Extravaganza"
20th Century Fox
1966 Les Demoiselles de Rochefort Yes Yes Andy Miller Choreographer Warner Bros.
1967 A Guide for the Married Man Yes 20th Century Fox
1969 Hello, Dolly! Yes 20th Century Fox
1970 The Cheyenne Social Club Yes Warner Bros.
1973 40 Carats Yes Billy Boylan Columbia
1974 That's Entertainment! Yes Yes Himself (co-host) Co-choreographer MGM
1976 That's Entertainment, Part II Yes Yes Yes Himself (co-host) Co-choreographer and director of new sequences[10]
"That's Entertainment"
1977 Viva Knievel! Yes Will Atkins Warner Bros.
1980 Xanadu Yes Yes Danny McGuire Co-choreographer Universal
1985 That's Dancing! Yes Himself (co-host) MGM
1994 That's Entertainment! III Yes Himself (co-host) MGM
1996 Cats Don't Dance Yes "Dedicated to our friend and collaborator, Gene Kelly"[11] Warner Bros.
  • Choreography credits per Billman. Musical number credits per Thomas.


  • Thomas, Tony (1991). The Films of Gene Kelly: Song and Dance Man. Citadel. ISBN 0-8065-0543-5. 
  • Billman, Larry (1997). Film Choreographers and Dance Directors. North Carolina: McFarland and Company. pp. 374–376. ISBN 0-89950-868-5. 
  1. ^ a b "Gene Kelly — Anatomy of a Dancer". American Masters. Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  2. ^ Thomas 1991, p. 52.
  3. ^ Thomas 1991, p. 162.
  4. ^ "Gene Kelly: Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2009-03-17. In appreciation of his versatility as an actor, singer, director and dancer, and specifically for his brilliant achievements in the art of choreography on film. 
  5. ^ "AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals". American Film Institute. 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  6. ^ Thomas 1991, p. 99.
  7. ^ Thomas 1991, p. 133.
  8. ^ Eames, John Douglas (1982). The MGM Story. New York, NY: Crown Publisher, Inc. p. 263. ISBN 0-517-53810-5. 
  9. ^ Thomas 1991, p. 159.
  10. ^ Thomas 1991, p. 246.
  11. ^ Cats Don't Dance (DVD). Turner Home Entertainment. 1996. 

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