A night club's coatroom attendant who's in-love with the club's singer accidentally sips a drugged drink that makes him dream he's French King Louis XV courting the infamous Madame Du Barry.


Roy Del Ruth


Herbert Fields (play), Buddy G. DeSylva (play) (as B.G. DeSylva) | 3 more credits »





Complete credited cast:
Red Skelton ... Louis Blore / King Louis XV
Lucille Ball ... May Daly / Madame Du Barry
Gene Kelly ... Alec Howe / Black Arrow
Virginia O'Brien ... Ginny / Du Barry's Companion
Rags Ragland ... Charlie / Dauphin (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Zero Mostel ... Rami - the Swami / Taliostra
Donald Meek ... Mr. Jones / Duc de Choiseul
Douglass Dumbrille ... Willie / Duc de Rigor
George Givot ... Cheezy / Count de Roquefort
Louise Beavers ... Niagara
Tommy Dorsey ... Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ... Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra


Hat check man Louis Blore is in love with nightclub star May Daly. May, however, is love with a poor dancer, but wants to marry for money. When Louis wins the Irish Sweepstakes, he asks May to marry him and she accepts even though she doesn't love him. Soon after, Louis has an accident and gets knocked on the head, where he dreams that he's King Louis XV pursuing the infamous Madame Du Barry. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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HERE'S ENOUGH BEAUTY TO LAST YOU FOR YEARS! (print ad - Lubbock Avalanche Journal - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - September 19, 1943 - all caps) See more »


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Did You Know?


A promotional photo showing Lew Ayres and Jimmy Stewart dressed in ice-skating costumes for the movie Ice Follies of 1939 (1939) can be seen on the wall in the background during Gene Kelly's rendition of "Do I Love You?" in Lucille Ball's dressing room. See more »


(around 61 mins, 30 seconds) When Louis XV leaves his bedroom to go to another room, he opens the door with his left hand. But the next cut being a reverse shot, it shows that he has opened the door with his right hand. See more »


Charlie: We'll slip him a Rooney.
Louis Blore: A Rooney? What's that?
Charlie: It's a high-powered Mickey.
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Crazy Credits

The Three Oxford Boys are credited orally by the MC ('Gene Kelly') as The Oxford Boys. See more »


Edited into American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »


I Love an Esquire Girl
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Ralph Freed
Sung by Red Skelton and chorus, including The Pied Pipers with Dick Haymes and Jo Stafford
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A Beautiful Movie
5 November 1999 | by michael-248See all my reviews

Now don't get me wrong, `Dubarry Was A Lady' Is not the best Movie Musical I 've ever seen, but it is one of the prettiest. I can't figure out how they where able to achieve such a creamy coloration in the film but the rich pastels used on the sets and costumes are just stunning. There are some wonderful big band numbers with Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra, featuring Dick Haymes. And a campy `Salmome' number by Virginia O'Brien. Gene Kelly looks great and does one nice dance routine, but he mostly sits around mooning over Lucille Ball. Speaking of Lucille Ball, this was her big debut at MGM, and MGM's first full Techincolor musical, and she looks incredible! Her firey red hair and trim figure were perfectly set off by the contemporary costumes, and she looks great in the powdered wigs too!

Give it a look!

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Release Date:

13 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gentleman's Choice See more »


Box Office


$1,239,222 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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