Cole Porter's Les Girls - PLOT

1957 American musical comedy film
Cole Porter's Les Girls - PLOT

Barry, Joy, Sybil and Angele were formerly members of the cabaret dance troupe "Barry Nichols and Les Girls". Years after the group has dissolved, Sybil, now Lady Wren, publishes a tell-all memoir containing details of her days in the theatre, and makes a point of detailing Angele's alleged suicide attempt after Barry ended their affair. Angele is outraged by Sybil's claims and sues her for libel. The case goes to trial where the two women relate the history of the troupe as they recall it, however, they each remember matters very differently.

Sybil remembers Angele as an easy, deceitful woman who tried to keep her engagement to a man named Pierre from Barry to keep her affair going, but ultimately jeopardized both relationships when her lies were revealed. Angele remembers Sybil as a drunkard who was madly in love with Barry - and that Angele herself had no relationship with Barry at all. According to Angele, Sybil was promised to another man from England - Gerald - who upon finding out the nature of her relationship to Barry, started a physical altercation with him. This lead Sybil to once more abuse alcohol and then attempt suicide, feeling as though she had ruined both relationships.

Finally Barry takes the stand to reveal that neither of the girls' stories were quite right. All along, Barry had actually been pursuing Joy romantically. Pierre and Gerald had asked Barry to fire Angele and Sybil so that they may end their careers and get married, but Barry insists firing them will only make things worse. He concocts a plan that involves faking a hear condition and suggests that it will result in him having to close the theatre. The three women, distraught at the sudden news, all agree to quit for his sake. However, he reveals the truth to Joy at his apartment who at first finds him despicable, but quickly learns to forgive him when she realizes his good intentions.

As they both return to the girls' apartment, they realize a gas leak has occurred and Angele, along with Sybil, had both collapsed in their drunken stupor following their farewell party to Barry, and were exposed to the toxic gas. They were both rescued but never reunited after that... until the trial. With the case now settled that there was no suicide attempt, but rather both women had misunderstood the gas leak as a suicide attempt on behalf of the other, they reunite outside the courtroom to make amends. As Barry leaves, it is revealed that he had indeed ended up marrying Joy, though she doubts his claim that he had not fooled around with Angele and Sybil at all.

Review: Cole Porter's Les Girls Songs Lyrics

Cole Porter's Les Girls Songs Lyrics

Les Girls
You're Just Too, Too
Ca, C'est L'Amour
Why Am I So Gone (About that Gal)?