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Victor Victoria (1982)

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A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Victoria Grant
... King Marchand
... Carole "Toddy" Todd
... Norma Cassady
... 'Squash' Bernstein
... Andre Cassell
... Waiter
... Labisse
Herb Tanney ... Charles Bovin (as Sherloque Tanney)
Michael Robbins ... Manager of Victoria's Hotel
Norman Chancer ... Sal Andratti
... Restaurant Manager
Maria Charles ... Madame President
... Richard DiNardo
... Juke
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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 ... Written by Huggo

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The disguise surprise comedy of the year!


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$21,933,614
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Second and last of two movies Robert Preston made with Blake Edwards, the first being S.O.B. (1981). See more »

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King asks Squash when Squash knew he was a homosexual. Squash replies that he always knew he was "gay". The film takes place in the 1930's. The word "gay" to describe a homosexual was not used until the 1970's. See more »

Quotes

Victoria: You know, pretending to be a man does have its disadvantages.
[Victoria goes into the bathroom, leaving Toddy alone in bed]
Toddy: [wistfully] My dear Count, you just said a cotton pickin' mouthful.
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Finale/Shady Dame From Seville (Reprise)
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Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Robert Preston
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Highly enjoyable transgender comedy with Andrews and Preston at their best...
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Paris in the '30s is the setting for this screwball sex comedy wherein JULIE ANDREWS, for the sake of being employed, takes a job as a woman pretending to be a man pretending to be a woman--figure that one out. Then we have a great moment when ROBERT PRESTON does an imitation of Julie singing "The Shady Dame from Seville" in drag--yes drag--the actor who played such sturdy romantic leads in the '40s and '50s is hilarious as a gay blade who hooks up with Julie during a restaurant scene in which she plants a cockroach in her plate to avoid paying for dinner.

That's the kind of romp this is. And it's extremely witty, with JAMES GARNER as Julie's romantic interest who hasn't figured out why he's so attracted to "the shady dame" when she's supposed to be a man.

First-rate sets and cinematography in color, and while none of it really makes any sense, the song and dance routines are fabulous with some great tunes by Henry Mancini. LESLEY ANN WARREN gives a priceless performance as a bird brained vamp in her Oscar nominated supporting role.


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