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The French Line (1954)

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Oil heiress Mame Carson takes an incognito cruise so that men will love her for herself, not her money.

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Mary 'Mame' Carson
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Pierre DuQuesne
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
'Waco' Mosby
Mary McCarty ...
Annie Farrell
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Myrtle Brown (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Rita Corday ...
Celeste (as Paula Corday)
Scott Elliott ...
Bill Harris
Craig Stevens ...
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 ...
Kitty Lee
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Storyline

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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oil | heiress | texas | model | cruise | See more »

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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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8 February 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die lockende Venus  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Trivia

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 »

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

Soundtracks

BY MADAME FIRELLE
(uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Ralph Blane and Robert Wells
Performed by Mary McCarty, Jack Boyle, Joel Friend, and "Paris models"
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If you ever get a chance to see this movie in 3-D run, don't walk!
9 October 2001 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

1982, a small neighborhood theatre in my hometown. A double feature of "The French Line" and a Universal film (both Technicolor and 3-D). "The French Line" was a hoot and a half! When the posters outside of the theatre proclaimed "JR in 3D!", they really meant what they said. During several musical numbers, when she would turn from profile and face the camera with her chest thrust out: watch out! You almost felt you should move away from the screen. It's not "Gentlemen to Prefer" blondes, but the total 1950s of it, the tacky musical numbers (no tackiness on Russell's part, though, as she was a capable singer) and that "just hold on feeling" you got from an RKO production when the studio was going through it's death throes, came through. A delightful movie, and, although, I am not a Jane Russell fan, I admire her as a performer and a very capable actress. She carries the movie through on star power. A couple of costumes in the movie caused the movie to be condemned by the Catholic League of Decency in the USA as "unfit for all". How times have changed! Like a previous reviewer said, it could not only be shown on the Disney Channel, but probably already has, and on a Sunday morning, too! I've seen the movie on AMC, and the video transfers are horrible, but if you ever, EVER get a chance to see it in a theatre in 3-D, run, don't walk. You'll have a great time.


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