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 reaction shots of Andre and Toddy watching Victoria during her first "Shady Dame of Seville" number have them wearing the same boutonnières they wore during her very first show, but when Toddy and Victoria arrive back at the hotel Toddy has a different colored one. See more
You were going to trade your virtue for a meatball!
Well, I was out of my mind with hunger at the time, and at least it was something for something.
References I Was a Male War Bride
Finale/Shady Dame From Seville (Reprise)
Music by Henry Mancini
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Performed by Robert Preston See more