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Can-Can (1960)

Approved | | Comedy , Musical | 27 March 1960 (UK)
Montmartre, 1896: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her nightclub. Her employees use their female ... See full summary »

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

Dorothy Kingsley (screenplay), Charles Lederer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... François Durnais
Shirley MacLaine ... Simone Pistache
Maurice Chevalier ... Paul Barriere
Louis Jourdan ... Philipe Forrestier
Juliet Prowse ... Claudine
Marcel Dalio ... Andre - the head waiter
Leon Belasco ... Arturo - orchestra leader
Nestor Paiva ... Bailiff
John A. Neris John A. Neris ... Jacques - the Photographer
Jean Del Val ... Judge Merceaux
Ann Codee ... League president
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Storyline

Montmartre, 1896: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her nightclub. Her employees use their female charms to let the representatives of law enforcement look the other way - and even attend the shows. Then the young ambitious judge Philippe Forrestier decides to bring this to an end. Will Simone manage to twist him round her little finger, too? Her boyfriend Francois certainly doesn't like to watch her trying. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 March 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack Cummings' Production of Cole Porter's Can-Can See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (35mm) (optical prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Trivia

In the Garden of Eden ballet, Eve was portrayed on stage by the character of Claudine. When it was decided that Simone (Shirley MacLaine) would assume the role of Eve on screen, the character of Claudine (Juliet Prowse) was relegated to portraying the snake. See more »

Quotes

François Durnais: You look like a broken umbrella.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Montmartre-1896 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Murphy Brown: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

It's All Right With Me
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Frank Sinatra
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Not the best, not the worst
26 June 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

What does an old musical set in France need? Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan, of course! And since there's also singing and a cute dancer who likes showing off her legs, what else does it need? Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine! Can-Can has Shirley, both French charmers, and Ol' Blue Eyes.

Set in the 1800s, when the can-can dance was forbidden in France because it was too risqué, Shirley MacLaine decides to buck the system and allows her and her nightclub dancers show off their legs. Lots of dancing from choreographer Hermes Pan, lots of pretty costumes, lots of Cole Porter songs, and a love triangle that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time, Can-Can is definitely one to see if you like old musicals. I've seen them all, and while this one doesn't make it to the top shelf in my collection, I'm glad I saw it. Many famous songs come from this movie, including "I Love Paris", "Let's Do It", "Just One of Those Things", and "It's All Right With Me", so if you like any of those, rent it during your next musical-fest weekend.


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