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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

A duet of Frank Sinatra and Maurice Chevalier singing Cole Porter's "I Love Paris" was deleted from the release print, although the song is performed by a chorus at the beginning and end of the film. The Sinatra-Chevalier audio has been presented on Capitol's 1960 movie-soundtrack LP and 1990 CD, plus on an EMI CD import from Britain in 2000, but the film footage has yet to surface. Rendered solo by Mr. Sinatra, recorded in Los Angeles on April 13, 1960, and arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle (who served as the film's music arranger and conductor), a second "I Love Paris" originally was released later that year on a Capitol 45-rpm single. In 1998, the label added the solo "I Love Paris" as a bonus track on Mr. Sinatra's "Come Fly with Me" CD reissue. 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 Jeopardy!: Episode #22.95 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Live and Let Live
(reprise) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Sung by Louis Jourdan and Maurice Chevalier
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Big-Budget Hollywood Tribute to Vintage Years of Moulin Rouge
21 May 2005 | by mdm-11See all my reviews

Shirley MacLaine is a delight as the owner/operator of an 1895 Paris Night Club. The problem: A new, "disgusting" dance craze called the "Can Can" has swept Paris, and Shirley's night club seems to be the only place that dares to perform it nightly. Money man Frank Sinatra, who also is the on-again-off-again fiancé of the owner, attempts to bribe the authorities to turn a blind eye to what's going on at the club. Law man Louis Jourdan also falls for Shirley, while an ever-wise Maurice Chevallier tries his best to play cupid.

The musical numbers are wonderful, especially Shirley MacLaine's solo "Come Along With Me", The MacLaine/Sinatra duet "Let's Do It" and the grand finale "Can Can". -- This film cost 6 million dollars to produce, which was a lot in 1960. I'm glad they went through with it, because this is one of my favorite film musicals. They don't come much better than this!


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