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Director:
Writers:
Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay) and
Charles Lederer (screenplay) ...
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sinatra at His Best See more (19 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)

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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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?

Trivia:
Though it is never explained in the film why the Can-Can was illegal, it is because most of the time the girls who performed the dance did not wear panties.See more »
Quotes:
François Durnais:You look like a broken umbrella.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Come Along With MeSee more »

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16 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Sinatra at His Best, 9 May 2005
Author: NF09 from United States

In 1960, when Can-Can was released, Frank Sinatra was at the top of his game-most powerful performer in Hollywood, #1 box office draw, (with Elizabeth Taylor) at the dawn of his Rat Pack Leadership, and he was making the best and some of the most popular records around. Those were truly Ring-a- Ding days, and Sinatra, as he stated in song, had the world on a string. And it was then that Can-Can came along.

When you take a huge star, hunt around for some little property that at least loosely fit's his screen persona, put his name up in colored lights, and try to make a lot of money by shouting '' Frankie's in this!!!!'', you have made what is known as a VEHICLE.

Like there are good and bad authors, insurance salesmen, and hula- hoop instructors, there are both good and bad vehicles. This, I am very happy to say, is NOT a good vehicle. It is a MAGNIFICENT vehicle.

The reason for it's greatness does not lie in Shirley Maclaine, Louis Jourdan, or even Maurice Chevalier, although they are all quite good and entertaining.

No. The real magic in Can-Can comes from what Frank Sinatra can do with a Cole Porter song. Even though they stuck him in France in the 1800's, he's still Sinatra, the incomparable ring-a- ding ding cool, the essential charm and star quality, the cocky grin and blue eyes, and, of course, that voice. THE Voice.

Never would that voice be more perfect than in that scene in Can-Can where he put away that lovable arrogance and gave one of the finest performances of his career with the aching tenderness of '' It's All Right with Me."

It's no wonder Juliet Prowse, who he sang it to, proved it was certainly all right with her as well. Although that little romance, (like most of Sinatra's) was not long to last, the song's magic will last forever.

Over-all, if this film did not star Sinatra, it would still be fairly good. Shirley would be as cute and nutty as ever, Louis Jourdan elegant, though not amazing in either the vocal or ''cool'' departments, and Maurice would be Maurice- charming, talented, timeless. Then, of course, there are the Can-Can numbers, fabulous Cole Porter tunes, and an entertaining story.

WITHOUT Sinatra I would probably rate this about 8 and a half. But with the magic of IL' Blue Eyes making an unforgettable classic out of a pretty good picture, Can-Can get's an easy 10... and then some. Highly recommended.

P.S- For those of you who believe it's impossible to find a Sinatra fan under the age of forty, I have just turned fourteen, and have loved his music, his movies,etc. for years. That's not surprising when you think about it. Why settle for today's idiotic trash when you can have the best? And that's all I've got to say.

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