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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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Complete credited cast:
May Daly / Madame Du Barry
Alec Howe / Black Arrow
Rags Ragland ...
Charlie / Dauphin (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Rami - the Swami / Taliostra
Mr. Jones / Duc de Choiseul
Willie / Duc de Rigor
George Givot ...
Cheezy / Count de Roquefort
Louise Beavers ...
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

13 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gentleman's Choice  »

Box Office


$1,239,222 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ann Sothern was supposed to have the role of May Daly (Madame Du Barry) but discovered she was pregnant. Lucille Ball was given her role instead. See more »


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 »


Old lady: Next time I get hitched it's for dough.
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Crazy Credits

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


Remake of Vamping Venus (1928) See more »


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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Average movie, but for fans of the stars, a must see.
25 September 2000 | by (South-Central Indiana) – See all my reviews

The movie was slow action. At points, almost boring. But for someone who wants to see up-coming and major stars of this time period, this movie has many. From Ball, Skelton, Kelly, and even O'Brien, Mostel, and finally Tommy Dorsey and his band, this movie has the stars. A good sample of their earlier works.

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