Cyd Charisse dances to “Frankie and Johnny,” sung by Sammy Davis Jr., in Meet Me in Las Vegas. Charisse’s legs were reportedly insured for $1 million apiece by MGM, although that was most likely a stunt cooked up by the publicity department. She not only is considered the greatest female Hollywood dancer of all time, but she also holds the distinction of being the only one to partner with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. She dances with John Brascia in this scene, playing the ill-fated cheater destined for a fiery fate.
Charisse died in 2008, but her influence lingers. Here, Australian burlesque dancer Miss Skopalova pays homage to Charisse with a performance inspired by the “Frankie and Johnny” routine.