An 18th century London wench gets involved with the nobility.

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Sir Hugh Marcy
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Brett Harwood Earl of Carstairs
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Duke of Malmunster
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Thomas Gainsborough
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Lady Susan Dowitt
Dennis Hoey ...
Jonathan Selby
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Old Meg
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Dobson
Gordon Richards ...
Michael Dyne ...
Prince of Wales
Edgar Norton ...
Earl of Campton
Patricia Cameron ...
Elaine Carlisle
Percival Vivian ...
Dr. Holt
Mary Gordon ...
Nanny
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London, 1783: Kitty, a saucy wench of the slums, meets the painter Gainsborough by stealing his shoes. He paints her as an "anonymous lady" who excites the interest of his noble friends, notably penniless Sir Hugh Marcy, who schemes to pass Kitty off as a genuine lady (a formidable task) and marry her off for financial gain. But Kitty has her own ideas about the uses of matrimony. Lots of decolletage. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She made a career out of love.

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25 January 1946 (USA)  »

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La duchesse des bas-fonds  »

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Completed in 1944, but not released until a year later, at the end of 1945. See more »

Quotes

Dobson: Here, take this tea up to her ladyship.
Kitty: How'll I find 'er?
Dobson: Drunk as usual.
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Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Danced by uncredited actress (character Signorina Baccelli)
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Goddard at her best
24 October 1999 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

This film was a wonderful tribute to Paulette Goddard's looks and abilities. At the top of her career, she proves that she is one of Hollywood's most glamorous enduring stars. In this film she plays a guttersnipe that is chosen by Gainsborough (played wonderfully by Cecil Kellaway) to have her portrait painted in typical Gainsborough fashion. As she poses for him two handsome dandies stop by for a visit, only to be bewitched by her beauty, thinking she is of noble birth, much to Kellaway's amusement. Upon learning the truth, Ray Milland, trains Kitty to head for bigger prey, hoping to make himself rich, as he is living way over his means. Of course, she falls in love with him. Along the way to fame, Kitty becomes a Duchess and goes her own way to success, even though she still loves Milland. In the end, love wins out. A wonderful performance is also given by Constance Collier as Milland's drunken lady friend in conspiracy. The scene when she is introduced to the waif Goddard and is reposing, drunk in her bed, is hysterical. 5 stars to this one. Goddard never looked lovelier. In fact,I have an original color poster from the film. A vintage collection I am quite proud of.


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