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The French Line (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 February 1954 (USA)
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
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Myrtle Brown (as Joyce MacKenzie)
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Celeste (as Paula Corday)
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Bill Harris
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Phil Barton
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Katherine 'Katy' Hodges (as Laura Elliot)
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François, Ship Steward
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Commodore Renard
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George Hodges
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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 All (17) »

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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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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Kim Novak. See more »

Quotes

Mary 'Mame' Carson: [This is the cut out speech that Jane Russell makes during her song, "Lookin' for Trouble"] That's all I need, is a man! Any type, any style! Just so, he's a man! Now, he can be short, tall, or elongated! He can be thin, muscular, obese... that's fat, you know! Any direction will do. He can be sweet, sensitive, intelligent, a little coy, but not a boy! Now, don't get me wrong! 17 to 70 will do! It ain't the age, it's the attitude! However, there is one requisite I must make: he has to be... ...
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Featured in Singles (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

ANY GAL FROM TEXAS
(uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Ralph Blane and Robert Wells
Performed by Jane Russell and Mary McCarty
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A Dreadful Movie
27 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film has recently been televised by Turner Classic Movies. It may have been considered racy in its time, and may have made money, but even the most die-hard Jane Russell fan will find it hard to sit through this dreck.

There are many movie musicals from the 1950s which can withstand the test of time, even though dated by current standards, but which can still be enjoyed because of good music or dancing or an amusing plot. "The French Line", however, fails at all of these aspects.

It doesn't matter that Russell was a fine singer when she is given lousy vocal material. The entire cast is dragged down by a boring, trite plot and dialogue.

It's not even worth recording and skipping through to only the musical numbers--they're crummy.


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