Can-Can (1960)

 |  Comedy, Musical  |  9 March 1960 (USA)
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1896, Montmartre: 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... See full summary »



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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
François Durnais
Simone Pistache
Paul Barriere
Philipe Forrestier
Andre - the head waiter
Leon Belasco ...
Arturo - orchestra leader
Nestor Paiva ...
John A. Neris ...
Jacques - the Photographer
Jean Del Val ...
Judge Merceaux
Ann Codee ...
League president


1896, Montmartre: 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:

9 March 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cole Porter's Can-Can  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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


Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


During filming on 19th September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited the set on Sound Stage 8 with his wife Nina. He reportedly was shocked by the open sexuality on display, condemning the film as pornographic and depraved: "The face of mankind is prettier than its backside... The thing is immoral. We do not want that sort of thing for the Russians." See more »


François Durnais: You look like a broken umbrella.
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Referenced in Mad Men: Nixon vs. Kennedy (2007) See more »


Composed by Cole Porter
Sung by Frank Sinatra, Maurice Chevalier and chorus
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Big-Budget Hollywood Tribute to Vintage Years of Moulin Rouge
21 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shirley MacLaine is a delight as the owner/operator of an 1895 Paris Night Club. The problem: A new, "disgusting" dance craze called the "Can Can" has swept Paris, and Shirley's night club seems to be the only place that dares to perform it nightly. Money man Frank Sinatra, who also is the on-again-off-again fiancé of the owner, attempts to bribe the authorities to turn a blind eye to what's going on at the club. Law man Louis Jourdan also falls for Shirley, while an ever-wise Maurice Chevallier tries his best to play cupid.

The musical numbers are wonderful, especially Shirley MacLaine's solo "Come Along With Me", The MacLaine/Sinatra duet "Let's Do It" and the grand finale "Can Can". -- This film cost 6 million dollars to produce, which was a lot in 1960. I'm glad they went through with it, because this is one of my favorite film musicals. They don't come much better than this!

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