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The French Line (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 February 1954 (USA)
When her fiancé leaves her, an oil heiress takes a cruise incognito in order to find a man who will love her for herself and not for her money.

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Mary Loos (screenplay), Richard Sale (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Russell ... Mary 'Mame' Carson
Gilbert Roland ... Pierre DuQuesne
Arthur Hunnicutt ... 'Waco' Mosby
Mary McCarty ... Annie Farrell
Joyce Mackenzie ... Myrtle Brown (as Joyce MacKenzie)
Rita Corday ... Celeste (as Paula Corday)
Scott Elliott ... Bill Harris
Craig Stevens ... Phil Barton
Kasey Rogers ... Katherine 'Katy' Hodges (as Laura Elliot)
Steven Geray ... François, Ship Steward
John Wengraf ... Commodore Renard
Michael St. Angel ... George Hodges
Barbara Darrow ... Donna Adams
Barbara Dobbins Barbara Dobbins ... Kitty Lee
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Storyline

Texas heiress Mary 'Mame' Carson strikes oil twice in one day, and her wealth scares away her fiance; so she decides to take a boat trip incognito to Paris and snare a husband using only her own abundant natural charms. To this end, she switches identities with model Myrtle Brown, and sets sail with her bosom pal Annie...and French revue star Pierre DuQuesne, who has been hired to keep a watchful eye on "Mary Carson" a perfect setup for Musical Comedy Misunderstandings. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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heiress | texas | cruise | oil | model | See All (17) »

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Songs as gay as Champagne. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

French | Spanish | English

Release Date:

8 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die lockende Venus See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Russell's dance to "Looking For Trouble" was shot in two versions. For the American release, she did her pelvic "bumps" behind a flower planter. For the European release, the "bumps" were done without anything hiding them. See more »

Quotes

Mary 'Mame' Carson: [This is the cut out speech that Jane Russell makes during her song, "Lookin' for Trouble"] That's all I need, is a man! Any type, any style! Just so, he's a man! Now, he can be short, tall, or elongated! He can be thin, muscular, obese... that's fat, you know! Any direction will do. He can be sweet, sensitive, intelligent, a little coy, but not a boy! Now, don't get me wrong! 17 to 70 will do! It ain't the age, it's the attitude! However, there is one requisite I must make: he has to be... ...
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Alternate Versions

Due to a censorship controversy over 'Jane Russell' 's "Looking for Trouble" number, the film was briefly released without a Production Code seal. The final version (with seal) features a much tamer performance with relatively little breast exposure. The initial UK version omits that sequence entirely. Both versions survive, and are easily distinguishable: the "hot" version includes a spoken narration midway through in which Mary talks about what she wants from a man; in the shorter release version, some of the dance is performed with Mary positioned behind a figure-obscuring planter, and without the closer, high-angle cleavage shots. See more »

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Featured in Singles (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

WHAT IS THIS THAT I FEEL?
(uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Ralph Blane and Robert Wells
Performed by Jane Russell
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Funnel Girl ??
6 February 2005 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

I am so stunned by the hilarious vulgarity of THE FRENCH LINE it is all I can rave about. Stacked to the hilt with personally supervised costumes and showgirl extras by bra master Howard Hughes, notorious for making glamorous RKO into a burlesque production line, the casting couch there must have needed new springs by the time this technicolour-3D extravaganza hit screens Nationwide in 1954. Seemingly made for the knee slapping amusement of rich Texan hicks and crafted by trapped RKO professionals who must have sighed at having to work on such hillbilly antics, THE FRENCH LINE is an oceangoing girlie show wrought into some semblance of a farce. Jane Russell is as usual her spunky insolent self and gets to showcase her famous torpedo talents in outfits leaving nothing not spangled. Her two main numbers near the end of the film are the ones that caused the outrage in '54 and today are probably the best drag queen numbers one could imagine. A masterpiece of tawdry tinsel, swim outfits and frocks. You'll titter all through THE FRENCH LINE, rather like Howard must have all through production. Hilarious! Republic must have realized RKO wanted the bumpkin musical films and realized Judy Canova was no Jane Russell.


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