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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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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die lockende Venus See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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 »


Soundtracks

THE FRENCH LINE
(uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Used instrumentally only
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If you ever get a chance to see this movie in 3-D run, don't walk!
9 October 2001 | by btotten2See all my reviews

1982, a small neighborhood theatre in my hometown. A double feature of "The French Line" and a Universal film (both Technicolor and 3-D). "The French Line" was a hoot and a half! When the posters outside of the theatre proclaimed "JR in 3D!", they really meant what they said. During several musical numbers, when she would turn from profile and face the camera with her chest thrust out: watch out! You almost felt you should move away from the screen. It's not "Gentlemen to Prefer" blondes, but the total 1950s of it, the tacky musical numbers (no tackiness on Russell's part, though, as she was a capable singer) and that "just hold on feeling" you got from an RKO production when the studio was going through it's death throes, came through. A delightful movie, and, although, I am not a Jane Russell fan, I admire her as a performer and a very capable actress. She carries the movie through on star power. A couple of costumes in the movie caused the movie to be condemned by the Catholic League of Decency in the USA as "unfit for all". How times have changed! Like a previous reviewer said, it could not only be shown on the Disney Channel, but probably already has, and on a Sunday morning, too! I've seen the movie on AMC, and the video transfers are horrible, but if you ever, EVER get a chance to see it in a theatre in 3-D, run, don't walk. You'll have a great time.


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