An American painter living in Paris is involved in two interconnected romantic triangles and he must juggle love, obligations and guilt. Around this intriguing framework is built one of the greatest musicals of all time blending art, music and dance in a seamless fantasy. Ballet sequence in stereo sound. Gene Kelly introduced MGM executives to the British dance classic, THe Red Shoes, to convince them to finance this film. The set of this film was used to create the under-rated but highly-entertaining ‘Lili’, screening before this feature.
Jerry Mulligan, a struggling American painter in Paris, is discovered by an influential heiress with an interest in more than Jerry's art. Jerry in turn falls for Lise, a young French girl already engaged to a cabaret singer. Jerry jokes, sings and dances with his best friend, an acerbic would-be concert pianist, while romantic complications abound.