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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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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 ...
Cheezy / Count de Roquefort
Louise Beavers ...
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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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The Musical Extravaganza That Tops "Great Ziegfeld" Glory! See more »


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13 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gentleman's Choice  »

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$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

"Du Barry Was a Lady" was adapted from a Broadway show that opened at the 46th Street Theatre on December 6, 1939 and ran for 408 performances. The opening night cast included Bert Lahr as Louis Blore, Ethel Merman as May Daly and Benny Baker, Betty Grable, Janice Carter, Adele Jergens, Tito Renaldo, Kay Sutton and Charles Walters. Much of the 'bathroom' humor (Lahr played a bathroom attendant) was not acceptable to the censors and was omitted from the movie. Later, Gypsy Rose Lee was a replacement cast member for Ethel Merman. 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

Alec Howe: You're human aren't you?
May Daly: I hope not!
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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

Friendship
(1939)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Red Skelton, Lucille Ball (dubbed by Martha Mears), Gene Kelly,
Virginia O'Brien, Tommy Dorsey, Rags Ragland and Zero Mostel, with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (as Tommy Dorsey and 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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