Invitation to the Dance is released nationwide, 1956. It was star Gene Kelly’s idea to bring the greatest dancers in Europe and the various types of dance from all over the planet to mainstream movie audiences. MGM objected to Kelly’s plan to appear in just one of the film’s segments—thus he appeared in all three of them, playing a clown, a Marine and Sinbad the Sailor. Shooting began in England in August 1952 and finished in Culver City in October 1953, with the animation forces of William Hanna, Joseph Barbera and Fred Quimby taking over through June 1954 to complete the Sinbad the Sailor section. MGM, skittish over the box office potential of Kelly’s wordless dance tribute, held the film from release until May of 1956, whereupon the studios fears were realized—audiences stayed away.