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Complete credited cast:
François Durnais
Simone Pistache
Paul Barriere
Philipe Forrestier
Andre - the head waiter
Leon Belasco ...
Arturo - orchestra leader
John A. Neris ...
Jacques - the Photographer
Judge Merceaux
Ann Codee ...
League president


Montmartre, 1896: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her night club. Her employees use their female charm to let the representatives of law enforcement look the other way - or even attend the shows. But then the young ambitious judge Philippe Forrestier decides to bring this to an end. Will Simone manage to twist him round her little finger, too? Her boyfriend Francois certainly doesn't like to watch her trying. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Release Date:

2 June 1960 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Cole Porter's Can-Can  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(35mm) (optical prints)| (Westrex Recording System)| (35 mm) (magnetic prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the opening song, François Durnais (Frank Sinatra) says 'You'll never make it' to a very short man with a taller woman. The man, carrying a painting, is a reference to Henri de Toulouse Lautrec. See more »


François Durnais: You look like a broken umbrella.
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Composed by Cole Porter
Sung by Frank Sinatra, Maurice Chevalier and chorus
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A high good time!
28 July 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

I was all set to dislike "Can-Can" for a variety of reasons (not the least of which is Frank Sinatra cast in a musical set in 1896 France...Frank Sinatra??), but the film is a lot of fun. Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine are in good spirits throughout this pleasing adaptation of the stage-success about a dance-hall proprietress who defends her right to perform the scandalous title-named dance, deemed lascivious in its day. It runs a little too long, and MacLaine is more comfortable in her love scenes with Ol' Blue Eyes than with Louis Jourdan (who doesn't match up well with Shirley at all--he looks puny next to her), but otherwise it's surprisingly enjoyable and Juliet Prowse gives her small part as a dancer a great deal of zest. **1/2 from ****

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