When her fiancé leaves her, an oil heiress takes a cruise incognito in order to find a man who will love her for herself and not for her money.

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Mary 'Mame' Carson
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Pierre DuQuesne
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'Waco' Mosby
Mary McCarty ...
Annie Farrell
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Myrtle Brown (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Rita Corday ...
Celeste (as Paula Corday)
Scott Elliott ...
Bill Harris
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Phil Barton
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Katherine 'Katy' Hodges (as Laura Elliot)
Steven Geray ...
François, Ship Steward
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Commodore Renard
Michael St. Angel ...
George Hodges
Barbara Darrow ...
Donna Adams
Barbara Dobbins ...
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Texas heiress Mary 'Mame' Carson strikes oil twice in one day, and her wealth scares away her fiance; so she decides to take a boat trip incognito to Paris and snare a husband using only her own abundant natural charms. To this end, she switches identities with model Myrtle Brown, and sets sail with her bosom pal Annie...and French revue star Pierre DuQuesne, who has been hired to keep a watchful eye on "Mary Carson" a perfect setup for Musical Comedy Misunderstandings. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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OO-LA-LA...IT'S THE BIG MUSICAL THAT HAS FRANCE BLUSHING! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Film debut of Kim Novak. See more »

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WITH A KISS
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Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Ralph Blane and Robert Wells
Performed by Gilbert Roland and bevy of beauties
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Back when the Legion of Decency still had some clout...
5 May 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Before Howard Hughes managed to destroy his play toy, RKO Radio Pictures, with one production after another that fared rather dismally at the box office and, certainly, with the critics, his sexual preoccupations were on full view in "The French Line"

The Roman Catholic censorship body, the Legion of Decency, did a great deal more to boost receipts than the first-run 3-D presentations ever could when they "Condemned" this one, for all the usual sex-related reasons, since even then the depiction of excessive violence was given a pass. Once a year those of us who attended Sunday Mass regularly found ourselves trapped into taking the L. of D. Pledge (Very few dared remain seated, lemmetellya!), which required us to promise that we would not patronize theaters which made a practice of booking "Condemned" films. Since only foreign films, usually those originating in France, managed to get the "Condemned" accolade and they rarely made it beyond the few New York theaters willing to book them, the stricture about avoiding those lascivious pleasure palaces that dared book a "Condemned" film was interpreted to mean that just one disgraceful example of cinematic lechery could get them placed on the list of verboten venues.

When the Picwood Theater in West Los Angeles (which had a massive auditorium with a huge screen), not far from where we lived in Pacific Palisades at the time, was selected to show "The French Line" in 3-D, I was darned if I was going to have to wait until a neighborhood theater showed M-G-M's "The Swan", Grace Kelly's Hollywood curtain call, on a much smaller screen than when it was booked onto the Picwood's CinemaScope eye-stretcher, only a couple of years after management had dared book Jane Russell's eye-popping embarrassment. Eventually I managed to see "The French Line" on television, by which time our standards of taste had slipped somewhat, and I was sure hard put to understand what that big stink had all been about.


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