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Release Date:
9 March 1960 (USA) See more »
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1896, Montmartre: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Despite having Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan in the movie, this is no "Gigi". See more (19 total) »


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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)

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
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Cole Porter's Can-Can" - USA (complete title)
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131 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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Did You Know?

Fox offered the property to Marilyn Moroe, but the actress turned it down.See more »
François Durnais:You look like a broken umbrella.See more »
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Despite having Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan in the movie, this is no "Gigi"., 10 November 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Reading through the reviews for "Can-Can" is a strange experience as they are all over the place. Some loved it and give it glowing reviews and just as many hated it. It's a bit unusual to see such divergent reviews and my assessment of the film is somewhere in the middle--it's not a good nor a bad film--just a second-rate musical that isn't bad as a time-passer.

When the film begins, most viewers will probably be surprised to see Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra in the leads. This is because the film is set in Paris and they are about as French as gefilte fish! This inappropriate casting is made more obvious since Louis Jourdan and Maurice Chevalier are 3rd and 4th billed! So, automatically, the film loses a point for such poor casting. It's a shame, but Hollywood SHOULD have been more focused on appropriate casting than on getting big-name stars--problems that did NOT plague a much better musical from the same period, "Gigi" (which starred Jourdan and Chevalier among others).

MacLaine plays Simone--a woman who runs a night club in Montmartre (a district in Paris known for its adult entertainment). Her place has gotten in trouble for having Can-Can dancers*--and police have vowed to arrest her if they put on that wicked dance again. Well, eventually this does occur, although the charges are soon dropped by the prosecutor, Philipe (Jourdan). Why? Because Philipe has fallen in love with her and wants to marry her. This is a VERY weak aspect of the film, as the upper-class Philipe doesn't even know this lady--so why would he be willing to destroy his career for a dance hall girl?! Eventually, Simone agrees to marry Philipe. However, Philipe's friend (Chevalier) and Simone's ex-lover, François (Sinatra) don't want the marriage to occur and so they conspire to break up the couple. They invite the cream of society to an engagement party, get Simone drunk and get her to entertain her guests. Well, although Philipe STILL inexplicably wants to marry her, Simone is determined to end this relationship.

As for François, his character is...well...annoying. He wants Simone but is very honest in his wicked intentions. He has no desire to marry her but wants her, so he breaks up her marriage. This is pretty sleazy and the song he sings about this is pretty nasty as well. So, because of this, the film's ending REALLY made no sense at all...none.

In addition to a confusing and occasionally unbelievable plot, the film features a very mixed bag of music. Some is great--such as "It's All Right With Me" and "You Do Something to Me". However, much of the rest of the music is sub-par--particularly the lyrics. It's like they got Cole Porter's second-best not his best for this movie.

As for the dancing, this was VERY odd. Despite the title of the film, there is almost no Can-Can dancing in the film. However, and this just shows you how out of touch Hollywood could be, there is LOTS of modern dance--the sort of stuff you'd NEVER see in 1898. In particular, the violent dance number involving the knife is pure Hollywood and has no place in the film, though there are several other numbers that just don't belong in the movie.

Overall, the film is a seriously mixed bag. The plot isn't terrible but it often makes little sense, the songs range from awful to terrific and the dance numbers often aren't appropriate to the film. I think it's a tepid little film that SHOULD have been much better.

*According to IMDb trivia, the reason the Can-Can was so scandalous was because the dancing girls did NOT wear underwear. Although Wikipedia can occasionally be unreliable, it insists that this is an urban legend and the dancers certainly DID wear underwear.

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