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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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See Jane Russell in 3-D - She'll Knock BOTH Your Eyes Out! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die lockende Venus See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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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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Filmed in summer 1953. See more »

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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

POOR ANDRE
(uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Ralph Blane and Robert Wells
Performed by showgirls and Billy Daniel
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Time hasn't been too kind
23 August 2009 | by FANatic-10See all my reviews

"The French Line" was a Howard Hughes-produced opus in 3-D, designed to showcase star Jane Russell (you can make your own guesses what the purpose of putting this innocuous musical in 3-D was...I'll give you two!). To be kind, its no "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", to which it has some similarities.

Jane plays a Texas girl who is a reluctant millionairess - she has inherited her late father's ranch, which happens to be sitting on copious oil fields. But poor Jane only wants a man who will love her for who she is, not her money. She bewails her lot to her friend and guardian, ranch hand Arthur Hunnicutt, when her latest beau, Craig Stevens, jilts her before heading to the altar because he, like all the others, can't handle having a rich wife. Hunnicutt talks her into not canceling her planned wedding cruise to Paris on the French line, the Liberte (as pronounced by Jane, the Li-burr-tay), only she decides to go incognito so she can catch a man who knows nothing about her money.

Well, first of all, do you really think a millionairess who happens to look like Jane Russell would have such problems? This is purely a confection of a film and not worth worrying about plot lines, but its all just pretty damn silly. And unfortunately, someone decided it should be a musical except all the blah numbers are staged very awkwardly. Jane is beautiful, but hasn't much to work with here and leading man Gilbert Roland seems both a bit too mature as a match for her and definitely too Spanish to play a Frenchman (they try to pawn it off by giving him a Spanish mother). It all ends with a fashion show which just may be the most ludicrous of many far-fetched Hollywood fashion shows. And by now, all the naughtiness which got this opus condemned by the League of Decency and denied a Production seal (Jane's skimpy costumes and bumps & grinds) seem fit for a toddler to watch.


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