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The French Line (1953)

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.

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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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J.R. in 3D. Need we say more? See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

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

Initially, Jane Russell was to have performed her "Lookin' for Trouble" number in a bikini, a bathing suit that was quite racy for 1954. She wore the skimpy outfit for a production still (later reproduced in her autobiography) but complained that she felt "very naked" in front of the movie's crew. Eventually a compromise was reached, and she appeared in the one-piece outfit shown in the movie. 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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LOOKING FOR TROUBLE
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Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Ralph Blane and Robert Wells
Performed by Jane Russell
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Back when the Legion of Decency still had some clout...
5 May 2003 | by Greg CoutureSee all my reviews

Before Howard Hughes managed to destroy his play toy, RKO Radio Pictures, with one production after another that fared rather dismally at the box office and, certainly, with the critics, his sexual preoccupations were on full view in "The French Line"

The Roman Catholic censorship body, the Legion of Decency, did a great deal more to boost receipts than the first-run 3-D presentations ever could when they "Condemned" this one, for all the usual sex-related reasons, since even then the depiction of excessive violence was given a pass. Once a year those of us who attended Sunday Mass regularly found ourselves trapped into taking the L. of D. Pledge (Very few dared remain seated, lemmetellya!), which required us to promise that we would not patronize theaters which made a practice of booking "Condemned" films. Since only foreign films, usually those originating in France, managed to get the "Condemned" accolade and they rarely made it beyond the few New York theaters willing to book them, the stricture about avoiding those lascivious pleasure palaces that dared book a "Condemned" film was interpreted to mean that just one disgraceful example of cinematic lechery could get them placed on the list of verboten venues.

When the Picwood Theater in West Los Angeles (which had a massive auditorium with a huge screen), not far from where we lived in Pacific Palisades at the time, was selected to show "The French Line" in 3-D, I was darned if I was going to have to wait until a neighborhood theater showed M-G-M's "The Swan", Grace Kelly's Hollywood curtain call, on a much smaller screen than when it was booked onto the Picwood's CinemaScope eye-stretcher, only a couple of years after management had dared book Jane Russell's eye-popping embarrassment. Eventually I managed to see "The French Line" on television, by which time our standards of taste had slipped somewhat, and I was sure hard put to understand what that big stink had all been about.


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