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Director:
Writers:
Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
9 March 1960 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Entertainment Event of the Year!
Plot:
1896, Montmartre: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Can-Canning Without a Can Opener See more (18 total) »

Cast

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Frank Sinatra ... François Durnais

Shirley MacLaine ... Simone Pistache

Maurice Chevalier ... Paul Barriere

Louis Jourdan ... Philipe Forrestier

Juliet Prowse ... Claudine

Marcel Dalio ... Andre - the head waiter
Leon Belasco ... Arturo - orchestra leader
Nestor Paiva ... Bailiff
John A. Neris ... Jacques - the Photographer
Jean Del Val ... Judge Merceaux
Ann Codee ... League president
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Geneviève Aumont ... Secretary (uncredited)
Frank Baker ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Police Officer Chevrolet (uncredited)
Carole Bryan ... Gigi (uncredited)
Charles Carmen ... Knife Thrower (uncredited)
Barbara Carter ... Camille (uncredited)
Peter Coe ... Police Officer Dupont (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... Plainclothesman (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Nicole Desbrosses ... (uncredited)
Jane Earl ... Renee (uncredited)
Ruth Earl ... Julie (uncredited)
Laura Fraser ... Germaine (uncredited)
Renee Godfrey ... Dowager (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jonathan Kidd ... Recorder (uncredited)
Edward Le Veque ... Judge (uncredited)
Vera Lee ... Gabrielle (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ambrogio Malerba ... Apache Dancer (uncredited)
Maurice Marsac ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... The Butler (uncredited)
Lisa Mitchell ... Fifi (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Wanda Shannon ... Maxine (uncredited)
Mary Stewart ... Can-Can Dance (uncredited)
Wilda Taylor ... Lili (uncredited)
Darlene Tittle ... Giselle (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Lili Valenty ... Dowager (uncredited)
Marc Wilder ... The Dancer as Adam (uncredited)
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Directed by
Walter Lang 
 
Writing credits
Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) and
Charles Lederer (screenplay)

Abe Burrows (musical comedy)

Produced by
Saul Chaplin .... associate producer
Jack Cummings .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels 
 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson  (as Robert Simpson)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Martin Smith 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Irene Sharaff 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Myrl Stoltz .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Fred Hynes .... sound recording supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wah Chang .... special costumes (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Nelson Riddle .... conductor
Nelson Riddle .... music arranger
Robert Tucker .... vocal supervisor (as Bobby Tucker)
 
Other crew
Tony Duquette .... styling consultant
Cy Feuer .... stage producer (as Feuer and Martin)
Tom Keogh .... title designer
Ernest H. Martin .... stage producer (as Feuer and Martin)
Hermes Pan .... dance stager
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cole Porter's Can-Can" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
131 min
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2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35mm) (optical prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System) | 4-Track Stereo (35 mm) (magnetic prints)
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Trivia:
Gwen Verdon won the 1954 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Featured Actress in a Musical for "Can-Can".See more »
Quotes:
François Durnais:You look like a broken umbrella.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in De-Lovely (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Come Along With MeSee more »

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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Can-Canning Without a Can Opener, 4 March 2004
Author: (darkinvader45210@yahoo.com) from Cincinnati, Ohio

Well, Can-Can is not a total loss, but it's not a 10-star gem of a movie either, but - it IS entertaining, but the biggest problem that I see with the film is that everyone looks like they're embarrassed to be in the movie with each other because no one is actually looking at each other when they're saying their lines. Look at the scene where Shirley McClain is making up the story as to how Louis Jourdan was trying to overcome her sexually and the scene goes something like this:

SHIRLEY: And I fought him and fought him and stuggled, but what could a person do? MAURICE: [embarrassed to say] Uh - submit - of course! SHIRLEY: [slightly glances at thim and them says loudly] SUBMIT?

The film just kinda lays there and doesn't do anything. Come on - it's not Gigi! It was really a re-uniting of Louie and Maurice because of their hit movie Gigi and that's about where the uniting ends, but there are some highlights to the film. Shirley McClaine's apache dance with the guys while Louis Jourdan looks on is a great number, and the Adam and Eve Ballet is quite good and Shirley's line before the ballet is wonderful when she says something like this: "Be it known that sin may have been invented in the Garden of Eden, but it was perfected in Monemart!"

It just seems like all they're doing in the film is walking through their dress rehearsal without putting any oomph into the acting, and at the same time the some of the costumes are so tacky that they look like we did as kids when we played dress-up as adults! And, look at the scene before Maurice and Louis sing "Live and Let Live". It looks like it was inserted on purpose so that they could have the opportunity to sing the song, and the scene in which Maurice sings "It Was Just One of Those Things". Even that looks like it was inserted on purpose just to give him a chance to sing a song, but the songs are great even though most of them were never in the original broadway play such as "You Do Something To Me", "Let's Do It", and "It Was Just One of Those Things", "It's Alright With Me" [which is slow and a very boring rendition], and oddly enough "I Love Paris" a duet between Frank Sinatra and Maurice Chevalier was deleted from the movie and only heard in the the original soundtrack album, and the Oveture and beginning Credits of the video, that is if you have the first video version of Can-Can in which you get the Oveture, Intermission Music, and Exit Music with all the musical numbers letter-boxed, and why they deleted "I Love Paris" from the movie is beyond me since it was the hit of the show. Again, Hollywood has been known to do some dumb stuff!

Juliet Prowse's big number "Maids From France" is quite good, but it's obvious why she's in the scene with Frank Sinatra when he sings "It's Alright With Me" because at that time they were having an affair, and I guess if it was alright with them it should be alright with us, but later he would marry Mia Farrow and since Frank was Italian it was only obvious that his kids would call her "Uh-Mama Mia"!

Anyway, I sure wish they would re-release the original video version of "Can-Can" or a whole widescreen version on D.V.D.. Other songs from the Broadway Show were deleted from the movie such as "Never Give Anything Away" "Al-e-Vou-Zon" [which is only used in Shirley McClains apache dance as a melody] "There Is No Trick To A Can Can" which is just used as a melody for the Can-Can at the end of the movie, and again even though they deleted a singing version of the hit of the play "I Love Paris", at least they use the melody of it in the Adam and Eve Ballet, but Shirley McClains drunken version of "Come Along With Me" is delightful, and here goes the insanity of Hollywood again, at the end of the film when the Paddy-Wagon is pulling away with Shirley and Frank in it - the chorus is singing the last lines of "I Love Paris"!

So - why didn't Louis get Shirley in the end? Well, it's obvious that she was in love with Frank Sinatra all the time, but more than that; "Once a Rat Packer; always a Rat Packer"!

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