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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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Complete credited cast:
Mary 'Mame' Carson
Pierre DuQuesne
'Waco' Mosby
Mary McCarty ...
Annie Farrell
Joyce Mackenzie ...
Myrtle Brown (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Celeste (as Paula Corday)
Scott Elliott ...
Bill Harris
Phil Barton
Katherine 'Katy' Hodges (as Laura Elliot)
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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

8 February 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die lockende Venus  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »


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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Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Ralph Blane and Robert Wells
Performed by Gilbert Roland and children
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6 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

This is one of those obscure musicals that RKO made in the 40's and 50's. But in its day it was a box office winner. The publicity behind this picture was fantastic. Jane Russell was a knock-out in 3D but without this new screen process it was still enjoyable. Wonderful charactor Arthur Hunnicut steals the show as was his custom. Gilbert Roland is good as Jane's romantic interest in a different role for him. The songs are good for the most part. Give "The French Line" a try. If you are a Jane Russell fan, you'll love it.

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