In 1934 Paris, trained coloratura soprano Victoria Grant, a native Brit, can't get a job as a singer and is having trouble making ends meet. She doesn't even have enough money for the basics of food and shelter. Gay cabaret singer Carole 'Toddy' Todd may befall the same fate as Victoria as he was just fired from his singing gig at a second rate club named Chez Lui. To solve both their problems, Toddy comes up with what he considers an inspired idea: with Toddy as her manager, Victoria, pretending to be a man, get a job singing as a female impersonator. If they pull this scheme off, Toddy vows Victoria, as her male alter ego, will be the toast of Paris and as such be extremely wealthy. That alter ego they decide is Polish Count Victor Grazinski, Toddy's ex-lover who was disowned by his family when they found out he was gay. The Count auditions for the city's leading agent, Andre Cassell, who, impressed, gets him a gig performing in the city's best nightclub. In the audience on the ...
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Did You Know?
Because this was filmed entirely on sound stages at Pinewood Studios in the U.K., the budget spiraled, partially due to expensive sets -- notably the high-end nightclub, luxury Art Deco hotel rooms, exterior Paris street scenes, and agent offices. See more
The song Norma sings in the nightclub, "Chicago, Illinois," includes the line "maybe some day we'll have an airport." The movie is set in 1933. Midway Airport began operations in 1927 and by 1929 was considered "the world's busiest airport" with over 100,000 passengers annually. See more
I was the leading soprano for the Bath Touring Light Opera Company...
You're very athletic for a soprano.
That's because I had three brothers.
Oh, I know what you mean. I grew up with two older sisters.
(Charles Bovin), who frequently collaborated on Blake Edwards
films, is credited as "Sherloque Tanney", suiting his role as a detective in the film. See more
Referenced in Glee: Duets
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Lesley Ann Warren See more