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Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Fantasy, Musical | 13 August 1943 (USA)
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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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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Willie / Duc de Rigor
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Cheezy / Count de Roquefort
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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 BIG SHOW is BIGGER THAN EVER! (original poster) See more »


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13 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gentleman's Choice  »

Box Office

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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 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

Louis Blore: She's just excited. She's never married me before.
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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

Edited into American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

You are My Sunshine
(1940)
Music and Lyrics by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell
Performed by The Three Oxford Boys imitating Guy Lombardo 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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