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Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | 13 August 1943 (USA)
A night club's coatroom attendant who's in-love with the club's singer accidentally sips a drugged drink that makes him dream he's French King Louis XV courting the infamous Madame Du Barry.

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May Daly / Madame Du Barry
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Alec Howe / Black Arrow
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Ginny
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Charlie / Dauphin (as 'Rags' Ragland)
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Rami - the Swami / Taliostra
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Mr. Jones / Duc de Choiseul
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Storyline

Hat check man Louis Blore is in love with nightclub star May Daly. May, however, is love with a poor dancer, but wants to marry for money. When Louis wins the Irish Sweepstakes, he asks May to marry him and she accepts even though she doesn't love him. Soon after, Louis has an accident and gets knocked on the head, where he dreams that he's King Louis XV pursuing the infamous Madame Du Barry. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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More scintillating stars - more gorgeous girls - more peppy dancing - more pulsing rhythms - more fun and funsters - than you've even seen before in the year's giant entertainment! (original Herald) See more »


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13 August 1943 (USA)  »

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Gentleman's Choice  »

Box Office

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$1,239,222 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Wednesday 5 December 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6); in New York City it was first aired 4 August 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), and, on the West Coast, in Los Angeles 10 April 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in San Francisco 2 November 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. See more »

Goofs

At one point during May Daly''s opening song, Louis is sitting behind the hat check counter admiring her. He has his chin resting on his left hand, which he removes twice when someone come up to the counter. See more »

Quotes

Dauphin: Get your Daily Chopping Guide! You can't tell which head is which without a program!
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Crazy Credits

The Three Oxford Boys are credited orally by the MC ('Gene Kelly') as The Oxford Boys. See more »

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Referenced in Lucy (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Well, Git It!
Played by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
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Red Hairing
4 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Nightclub singer dreams of marrying into money but is in love with a poor fellow. Fluffy musical comedy plays like a variety show, with minimal plot holding together musical numbers and comedy skits. The film looks good in Technicolor, with red hairs of Skelton and Ball (dyed for this film and kept so thereafter) featured prominently. It's nothing special, but it's not terribly painful to watch either. Lucy mostly plays it straight while Skelton provides the comedy as a hat check man who wins the sweepstakes and woos Lucy. In only his second film, Kelly completes an unlikely love triangle as Lucy's poor and sullen boyfriend.


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