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Slightly French (1949)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  8 July 1949 (Finland)
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A cinema director who is in an emotional and professional crisis thinks that he has discovered a French star when he meets an ordinary dancer.



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Complete credited cast:
Mary O'Leary aka Rochelle Olivia
John Gayle
Janis Carter ...
Louisa Gayle
Willard Parker ...
Douglas Hyde
Adele Jergens ...
Yvonne La Tour
Jeanne Manet ...


Movie director John Gayle is fired by his best friend, a producer. He goes to the beach and wanders into a carnival. There he sees a cleaver Irish girl, Mary O'Leary, and decides to 'discover' her and regain his job. He takers her to his home and does a series of "Pygmalion" experiments with her. She becomes a fine actress and is hired by the movie studio, who believe her to be a FRench heiress. Gayle is hired to direct her but when she gives away the whole hoax, he is fired again. Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

8 July 1949 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Let's Fall in Love  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Louisa Gayle: You go to your church, I'll go to mine.
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Remake of Let's Fall in Love (1933) See more »


Fifi from the Follies Bergere
Words and Music by Allan Roberts and Lester Lee
Sung by Dorothy Lamour
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It's great
6 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To totally disagree with the previous reviewers, I think that this, together with all other early Sirk movies I've seen, is nothing short of staggering. Filled with one-liners worthy of a Howard Hawks/Ben Hecht movie, it's not only early evidence of Sirk's genius for space and light and shadow, but also a highly sophisticated and perverse rendition of the Pygmalion theme. It's a measure of Sirk's genius that the characters, though formulaic, spring to life as in a Greek tragedy

  • or a Raoul Walsh, CB de Mille etc. movie- through the sheer strength
of stereotype. Here, as elsewhere, Sirk is a bit like Frank Sinatra: cool and detached on surface, but revealing underneath the filth and the fury ;> I saw it today (6APR07) at the Film Forum NYC and it blew me away. Someone release it in DVD fast, it's an (to my knowledge) unsung masterpiece.

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