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Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | 13 August 1943 (USA)
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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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Cast

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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
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Cheezy / Count de Roquefort
Louise Beavers ...
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Tommy Dorsey & His 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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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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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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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

During the Du Barry bedroom scenes, Lucille Ball, playing Du Barry, can be seen wearing flat-heeled shoes while yelling at the guards, being chased around the room, and then hopping around on the bed. Then she is wearing strappy shoes with a small heel. See more »

Quotes

Duc de Rigor: Who dares to interfere?
King Louis XV: Me! My Majesty!
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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

Remake of Vamping Venus (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

(I've Grown So Lonely) Thinking of You
(1926)
Written by Walter Donaldson and Paul Ash
Performed by The Three Oxford Boys imitating Kay Kyser and His Orchestra
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12 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Supremely awful if you expect anything beyond a collection of skits and musical numbers. This movie reminds me of those dinners we create from rummaging through the fridge and pulling out all the odds and ends that need to be used before they go bad.

Or... it's like the end of the fiscal year and everybody's trying to use up the last of the budget so they won't let anything go to waste and lose that amount in the next budget...

Or... it's like how porn makes a half-hearted attempt at plot and story line, but we all know it's just a vehicle for... you know.

But really - I have this vision of the studio execs in an office with all the contracts where they have to put performers in one more movie, all the bills for expensive costumes that needed to have every penny's worth squeezed out of them, all the scripts and musical numbers that were cut from other movies, and tossed the whole mess into the air. Then they picked everything up in random order and shouted, "Lights! Camera! Action!"


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