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Zaza (1938)

Approved | | Drama | 14 January 1939 (USA)
A sexy singer in a French music hall falls in love with a handsome, but married, aristocrat.


George Cukor


Zoe Akins (screenplay) (as Zoë Akins), Pierre Berton (play) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Zaza
Herbert Marshall ... Dufresne
Bert Lahr ... Cascart
Helen Westley ... Anais
Constance Collier ... Nathalie
Genevieve Tobin ... Florianne
Walter Catlett ... Marlardot
Ann E. Todd ... Toto (as Ann Todd)
Rex O'Malley ... Bussy
Ernest Cossart ... Marchand
Janet Waldo ... Simone
Dorothy Tree ... Mme. Dufresne
Monty Woolley ... Fouget
Maurice Murphy ... Henri
Frank Puglia ... Rug Dealer


A sexy singer in a French music hall falls in love with a handsome, but married, aristocrat.

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Claudette Colbert replaced Isa Miranda. See more »


Version of Zaza (1915) See more »


Hello My Darling
Music by Friedrich Hollaender
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
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The Film That Got Away
13 August 2014 | by jeffhaller125See all my reviews

I ordered this from a rather dumpy company that sells old films they have transferred to DVD. I wanted it because I love Colbert. This is a giant film. I have never seen a Hollywood movie with such an authentic French feel. Colbert's role is fascinating. There is a lot of Camille, Back Street and even Gypsy in the story. Colbert's character goes through a lot of changes and Claudette was so totally in charge; this is arguably her finest hour. Marshall was perfect as a man who could not be more different from Colbert. The secondary cast is magnificent, in particular, Bert Lahr in a serious role. Why this one never became a real classic is hard to understand. The attention to detail and the classy way Cukor unfolds the story makes it fly by. Turner Classic Movies needs to pick it up. This is the sort of thing I could see becoming steady viewing for those who love old movies. I expect to see it a half dozen times more before sharing it with friends. And until a couple weeks ago, I had never heard of it.

After four more viewings I had to amend my rating from 9 to 10. This movie is about as good as it gets.

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Release Date:

14 January 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zaza, Can-Can-tyttö See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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