The French Line (1953)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  8 February 1954 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Mary 'Mame' Carson
Pierre DuQuesne
'Waco' Mosby
Mary McCarty ...
Annie Farrell
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Myrtle Brown (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Rita Corday ...
Celeste (as Paula Corday)
Scott Elliott ...
Bill Harris
Phil Barton
Katherine 'Katy' Hodges (as Laura Elliot)
Steven Geray ...
François, Ship Steward
Commodore Renard
Michael St. Angel ...
George Hodges
Barbara Darrow ...
Donna Adams
Barbara Dobbins ...
Kitty Lee


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 <>

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Release Date:

8 February 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die lockende Venus  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Initially, Jane Russell was to have performed her "Lookin' for Trouble" number in a bikini, a bathing suit that was quite racy for 1954. She wore the skimpy outfit for a production still (later reproduced in her autobiography) but complained that she felt "very naked" in front of the movie's crew. Eventually a compromise was reached, and she appeared in the one-piece outfit shown in the movie. See more »


Version of The Richest Girl in the World (1934) See more »


Music by Josef Myrow
Used instrumentally only
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Great Music, Great Lines, Fab and Funny.
31 August 2000 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The British publication "Radio Times" in a recent review said that Jane Russell was past her prime in this movie. Were they watching? She looks great, her singing is fantastic and she seems to really enjoy herself in this film.

In my book this is one of the best musicals of the 1950's, but it's strength is that it doesn't take itself too seriously. Irreverent and vulgar, the plot is a feminist's nightmare and Jane Russell's "talents" are exploited to the full. As the picture was released originally in 3D, the tagline was "Jane will knock BOTH your eyes out!"

One of the most censored movies in American history, the film was cut to shreds in many states. The final musical number "lookin' for trouble" is truly outrageous. But the overall spirit of the film is goodnatured and full of energy.

Watch this film again and again!

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