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Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)

Passed  -  Comedy | Fantasy | Musical  -  13 August 1943 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Louis Blore / King Louis XV
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May Daly / Madame Du Barry
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Alec Howe / Black Arrow
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Ginny
Rags Ragland ...
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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Willie / Duc de Rigor
George Givot ...
Louise Beavers ...
Niagara
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Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ...
Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra
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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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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's GREATEST MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA (original Herald) See more »


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13 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gentleman's Choice  »

Box Office

Budget:

$1,239,222 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the swami (Zero Mostel) makes mock-love to Mrs. McGowan (Kay Aldridge) as if she were Hedy Lamarr, he's parodying Charles Boyer, particularly his role as Pepe le Moko in Algiers (1938). See more »

Goofs

During the scene in Madame Du Barry's boudoir when King Louis XV is chasing Du Barry around the dressing table, a man sitting in a chair can be seen reflected in the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Niagara: What are you doing, playing one-nighters in dressing rooms?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Edited into American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Madame, I Like Your Crepe Suzettes
(1943)
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Sung and danced by Red Skelton and Lucille Ball (dubbed by Martha Mears)
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23 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this movie, i won't call it a "film," was basically about nothing and functioned mostly for the popular acts of the time. yeah the war was on full swing (pun intended), and this movie gave the troops and our audiences a treat.

but let's have something with a bit more substance.

loved seeing a young Buddy Rich on the drums. the music was good throughout.

but one cameo after another gets old fast.

i didn't even recognize Zero Mostel! so if you're one from the "greatest generation," as they say, you'll definitely enjoy this...

movie.


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