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The I Don't Care Girl (1953)

This semi-film within a film opens in the office of producer George Jessel, who never saw a camera he couldn't get in front of, who is holding a story conference to determine the screen ... See full summary »


Lloyd Bacon


Walter Bullock




Complete credited cast:
Mitzi Gaynor ... Eva Tanguay
David Wayne ... Ed McCoy
Oscar Levant ... Charles Bennett
Bob Graham ... Larry Woods
Craig Hill ... Keene
Warren Stevens ... Lawrence
Hazel Brooks ... Stella Forrest


This semi-film within a film opens in the office of producer George Jessel, who never saw a camera he couldn't get in front of, who is holding a story conference to determine the screen treatment for the life of Eva Tanguay, and Jessel is unhappy with what the writers present him.He tells them to look up Eddie McCoy, Eva's one-time partner, for the real inside story on the lusty and vital Eva. Eddie's version is that he discovered her working as a waitress in an Indianapolis restaurant in 1912, wherein singer Larry Woods and his partner Charles Bennett get into a fight over her and both land in the hospital, and McCoy convinces the manager to put Eva on as a single to fill their spot. She flopped, but McCoy arranges for Bennett to be her accompanist, and she went out of his life. The writers look up Bennett, now head of a music publishing company, who says McCoy's story is phony, and it was Flo Zigfeld who discovered Eva for his Follies. Then Jessel's staff comes up with a letter from... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Wild and Wonderful Musical About the BAD Girl of Show Business! See more »


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Release Date:

20 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Louca Aventura See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Besides Eva Tanguay and George Jessel in the modern story, all the main characters are fictitious. See more »

Crazy Credits

(Opening) credits begin after a production number is interrupted because Eva Tanguay is performing badly ("Something's wrong"); we never find out what. Similarly, the end of the film injects a present-time character into the final flashback ("I wanted to see how it ended.") The End. See more »


The Johnson Rag
Written by Jack Lawrence, Guy H. Hall and Henry Kleinkauf
Danced by Mitzi Gaynor and male dancers
Staged by Jack Cole (credited)
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inspiring song
1 August 2009 | by rowan1925See all my reviews

In spite of its imperfections, the film contains one of the most inspiring performances of any song in any film. Mitzi Gaynor becomes Eva Tanguay, insists on coming out into the audience, hits a star quality personality in the song "I don't care" when she sings - "Let down the gangway, for I'm Eva Tanguay, and I - DON'T - CARE!!!" I have tried to find this on DVD, but it does not exist. CAn someone get this changed??? Does it exist on CD or MP3 anywhere? I believe that Judy Garland sang the song in the film "Good Old Summertime" but I can't find that either. I have been remembering this song for over fifty years now, which shows how memorable it is. Not many songs have this power to impress itself on the memory, and it is only because of the great performance of Mitzi Gaynor, who is apparently still going today with live performances!

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