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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
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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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Cheezy / Count de Roquefort
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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 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)  »

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Gentleman's Choice  »

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

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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 »

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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 »

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Louis Blore: She's just excited. She's never married me before.
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The Three Oxford Boys are credited orally by the MC ('Gene Kelly') as The Oxford Boys. See more »

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Song of the Rebellion
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Lovely to look at but empty and dull musical
30 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1943 Arthur Freed production had a great cast, gorgeous Technicolor, various personalities of the day like Tommy Dorsey (and Dick Haymes and Jo Stafford singing in the flashback sequence), but it's a rather boring film. It's a movie made for a person with the intellect of a fifth grader. I had to stop the film after an hour and watch it the next day to complete it, as my patience had reached its limit for the day. I will say that many musicals of the day had puerile plots, but this one really was on the lower half of the scale.

Lucy and Red, both talented, didn't strike me as all that funny. And Lucy singing with Rita Hayworth's voice double Martha Mears looked and sounded strange. When you're looking for Rita, and you get Lucy, it is quite the shock. I will admit that after checking my facts Martha sang for Lucy before she sang for Rita in Cover Girl one year later, but I still "heard" Rita singing.

Gene was good as always but I couldn't quite see why he wanted Lucy so much. She was beautiful but cold in an icy manner.

Clara "Auntie Em" Blandick had a small bit in a subway which was quite good. And Lana Turner also appears in the film in an uncredited cameo.

Virginia O'Brien, always fun, helped the proceedings as well.

If you're a fan of the MGM musical, you should see it, but it's not a film that will make a list of the top film musicals.


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