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Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 13 August 1943 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

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

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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Taglines:

More scintillating stars - more gorgeous girls - more peppy dancing - more pulsing rhythms - more fun and funsters - than you've even seen before in the year's giant entertainment! (original Herald) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Dick Haymes' first recognizable screen appearance, one of two he made at MGM as a member of The Pied Pipers. One year later, Haymes would break out on his own, sign a contract with 20th Century-Fox, and make his first credited appearance in Four Jills in a Jeep (1944). One year later, he would be a full-fledged film star. See more »

Goofs

The Black Arrow (Gene Kelly) is condemned to die via the guillotine. But this story is set in 1743 during the reign of Louis XV--and the guillotine wasn't introduced until 1792, during the reign of Louis XVI, nearly 50 years later. See more »

Quotes

Niagara: [talking about Willie] Why, he's got more lettuce than in a victory garden!
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

(I've Grown So Lonely) Thinking of You
(1926)
Written by Walter Donaldson and Paul Ash
Performed by The Three Oxford Boys imitating Kay Kyser and His Orchestra
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Average movie, but for fans of the stars, a must see.
25 September 2000 | by hem-7See all my reviews

The movie was slow action. At points, almost boring. But for someone who wants to see up-coming and major stars of this time period, this movie has many. From Ball, Skelton, Kelly, and even O'Brien, Mostel, and finally Tommy Dorsey and his band, this movie has the stars. A good sample of their earlier works.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gentleman's Choice See more »

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Budget:

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

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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