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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)
Scott Elliott ...
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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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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J.R. in 3D. Need we say more? See more »


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8 February 1954 (USA)  »

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Die lockende Venus  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.66 : 1
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Filmed in summer 1953. See more »

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

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WELL! I'LL BE SWITCHED
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Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Ralph Blane and Robert Wells
Performed by Jane Russell and Theresa Harris
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Funnel Girl ??
6 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I am so stunned by the hilarious vulgarity of THE FRENCH LINE it is all I can rave about. Stacked to the hilt with personally supervised costumes and showgirl extras by bra master Howard Hughes, notorious for making glamorous RKO into a burlesque production line, the casting couch there must have needed new springs by the time this technicolour-3D extravaganza hit screens Nationwide in 1954. Seemingly made for the knee slapping amusement of rich Texan hicks and crafted by trapped RKO professionals who must have sighed at having to work on such hillbilly antics, THE FRENCH LINE is an oceangoing girlie show wrought into some semblance of a farce. Jane Russell is as usual her spunky insolent self and gets to showcase her famous torpedo talents in outfits leaving nothing not spangled. Her two main numbers near the end of the film are the ones that caused the outrage in '54 and today are probably the best drag queen numbers one could imagine. A masterpiece of tawdry tinsel, swim outfits and frocks. You'll titter all through THE FRENCH LINE, rather like Howard must have all through production. Hilarious! Republic must have realized RKO wanted the bumpkin musical films and realized Judy Canova was no Jane Russell.


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