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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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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)  »

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

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

Louis Blore: Here's to I, May, and you - the eternal rectangle. If this was back in the glorious days of France, I would be King Louis, May would be Du Barry, and you would be one of the common folks - a peasant.
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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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Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
(1932)
(Tommy Dorsey's theme song)
Music by George Bassman
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Played by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (as Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra)
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Choppy but has good parts
3 March 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is best-appreciated if seen as a series of skits and songs, a vehicle for the actors. It provides a chance to see Lucille Ball, Red Skelton, Virginia O'Brien and Zero Mostel in comedic action. Gene Kelly only does one solo dance number, but his agility as The Black Arrow foreshadows greater roles like that of D'Artagnan. And seeing Tommy Dorsey dressed up and dancing (or trying to) with the rest of the cast is delightful! There are funny parts as well as parts that presume themselves funny and come off as annoying, but the movie is fun to watch if you don't expect it to be a masterpiece.


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