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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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Victoria Grant
King Marchand
Carole "Toddy" Todd
Norma Cassady
'Squash' Bernstein
Andre Cassell
Herb Tanney ...
Charles Bovin (as Sherloque Tanney)
Manager of Victoria's Hotel
Norman Chancer ...
Sal Andratti
Restaurant Manager
Maria Charles ...
Madame President
Richard DiNardo
Mike Tezcan ...
Stage Manager
Matyelok Gibbs ...
Cassell's Receptionist (as Matyelock Gibbs)
Guy Langois
Olivier Pierre ...
Langois' Companion
George Silver ...
Fat Man Eating an Eclair
Joanna Dickens ...
Large Lady in Restaurant
Terence Skelton ...
Deviant Husband
Ina Skriver ...
Simone Kallisto
Stuart Turton ...
Boyfriend to Actress
Geoffrey Beevers ...
Police Inspector
Sam Williams ...
Chorus Boy
Chorus Boy
Neil Cunningham ...
Nightclub M.C
Vivienne Chandler ...
Bill Monks ...
Perry Davey ...
Balancing Man
Elizabeth Vaughan ...
Opera Singer in Madame Butterfly
Paddy Ward ...
René, Photographer
Tim Stern ...
Desk Clerk Third Rate Hotel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Man in Hotel with Shoes (uncredited)
George Lane Cooper ...
Man in Bar (uncredited)
Man in Bar (uncredited)
'Divine' Admirer at Rehearsal (uncredited)
Kevin Field ...
Boy on Stagecoach (uncredited)
Terri Gardener ...
Female Impersonator (uncredited)
Jill Goldston ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Philip Herbert ...
Drag Host (uncredited)
Dancer (uncredited)
Chrissy Monk ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Ralph G. Morse ...
Saxophonist in Club Sequence (uncredited)
Cathy Munroe ...
Dancer in the Nightclub. (uncredited)
Boxer (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ...
Man in Bar (uncredited)
Peter Ross-Murray ...
Theatre Guest (uncredited)
Rehearsal Choreographer (uncredited)

Directed by

Blake Edwards

Written by

Blake Edwards ... (screenplay)
Hans Hoemburg ... (concept)
Reinhold Schünzel ... () (1933 script)

Produced by

Tony Adams ... producer
Blake Edwards ... producer
Gerald T. Nutting ... associate producer

Music by

Henry Mancini

Cinematography by

Dick Bush ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Ralph E. Winters

Editorial Department

David Beesley ... assistant editor
Geoffrey Edwards ... assistant editor
Alan Killick ... editor: UK
Robert Pergament ... assistant editor
Ken Ross ... assistant editor

Casting By

Mary Selway

Production Design by

Rodger Maus

Art Direction by

Tim Hutchinson
William Craig Smith

Set Decoration by

Harry Cordwell

Costume Design by

Patricia Norris

Makeup Department

Paul Engelen ... makeup artist
Harry Frampton ... makeup artist
Peter Frampton ... makeup artist
John Isaacs ... hair stylist: Miss Andrews (as John Isaacs of Michaeljohn)
Joyce James ... hairdresser
Colin Jamison ... hairdresser
Bobbie Smith ... chief hairdresser

Production Management

Denis Johnson Jr. ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Richard Hoult ... first assistant director
Peter Kohn ... second assistant director
Paul Tivers ... second assistant director
Gerry Gavigan ... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Timothy Reed ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Andrew Ackland-Snow ... junior draughtsman
John Alvin ... poster artist
Ted Ambrose ... assistant art director
Albert Blackshaw ... construction manager
Charles Cottrell ... scenic painter
Frank Graves ... scenic artist
Bernie Hearn ... stand-by props (as Bernard Hearn)
David Lusby ... production buyer
Anthony Pratt ... sketch artist
Nick Rivers ... stand-by dressings
Bob Sherwood ... stand-by propman
Alan Tomkins ... assistant art director
Barry Wilkinson ... property master
Peter Wood ... additional scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

Roy Charman ... sound mixer
Rusty Coppleman ... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone ... dubbing mixer
Nicolas Le Messurier ... dubbing mixer
Teddy Mason ... sound editor
Gordon K. McCallum ... chief dubbing mixer
George Rice ... sound engineer
John Salter ... boom operator
Jonathan Andrews ... playback operator (uncredited)
Robert Davenport ... uncredited
Duncan McEwan ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Arthur Beavis ... special effects supervisor
David Beavis ... special effects foreman
Neil Corbould ... special effects (uncredited)
David Ford ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Martin Gutteridge ... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Jimmy Harris ... special effects (uncredited)
Garth Inns ... special effects (uncredited)
Graham Longhurst ... special effects (uncredited)
Bert Luxford ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Albert Whitlock ... special visual effects (uncredited)


Peter Brace ... stunts
George Lane Cooper ... stunts (as George Cooper)
Jack Cooper ... stunts
Peter Diamond ... stunts
Joe Dunne ... stunt coordinator
Dorothy Ford ... stunts
Martin Grace ... stunts
Nick Hobbs ... stunts
Mark McBride ... stunts
Dinny Powell ... stunts
Greg Powell ... stunts
Nosher Powell ... stunts
Doug Robinson ... stunts
Eddie Stacey ... stunts
Rocky Taylor ... stunts
Rick Lester ... stunts (uncredited)
Chris Webb ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Ronald Anscombe ... focus puller
David Appleby ... still photographer
George Beavis ... camera grip
Mike Heaviside ... vtr operator
Bob Kindred ... camera operator
John May ... gaffer
Algernon Sucharov ... clapper loader
David Wynn-Jones ... first assistant camera
Don Brown ... video playback operator (uncredited)
John Harris ... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Roger McDonald ... focus puller (uncredited)
Chris Warren ... additional video operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

Lucy Boulting ... casting assistant (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Jackie Cummins ... wardrobe mistress
Tiny Nicholls ... wardrobe supervisor
Rosemary Worth ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

Howard Blake ... orchestrator
Leslie Bricusse ... lyricist
Robert Hathaway ... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Grover B. Helsley ... music mixer
Henry Mancini ... composer: songs
Chris McNary ... music recordist
Henry Mancini ... conductor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Kay Fenton ... continuity

Additional Crew

Jeremy Coote ... production runner
Geoff Freeman ... publicist
Maggie Goodwin ... assistant choreographer
Lindsey Jones ... director of publicity
Lesley Keane ... assistant: Mr. Adams
Kevin King ... payroll accountant
Sebastian Serrell-Watts ... production assistant
Bernard Spence ... production accountant
Paddy Stone ... choreographer
Francine Taylor ... assistant: Mr. Edwards
Joyce Turner ... production assistant
John William Ault ... film extra (uncredited)
Peter Corbett ... runner (uncredited)
Steve Dale ... production runner (uncredited)
Callum McDougall ... production runner (uncredited)
Yvonne Spence ... assistant accountant (uncredited)


Cyril Howard ... the producers wish to thank: for their cooperation in making this motion picture, Pinewood Studios

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Plot Summary

In 1934 Paris, trained coloratura soprano Victoria Grant (Dame Julie Andrews), 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 (Robert Preston) 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 their problems, Toddy comes up with what he considers to be 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 (John Rhys-Davies), who, impressed, gets him a gig performing in the city's best nightclub. In the audience on the successful opening night is Chicago, Illinois nightclub owner and "businessman" King Marchand (James Garner), a macho male who falls in the love with the woman he sees on-stage, which doesn't sit well with his current girlfriend, Norma Cassady (Leslie Ann Warren). King is shocked to learn that that woman is a man named Count Grazinski. While King tries to reconcile his romantic feelings for "Victoria" (in truth, King doesn't truly believe the Count is a man), his business associates won't tolerate his change in sexual orientation. Although feeling emancipated being treated as a man, Victoria, as herself, in turn, falls in love with King. To pursue something with him as a woman would mean giving up this lucrative career. But the career may also come to an end in a jail term if the authorities find out that Victoria and Toddy have committed fraud in this impersonation. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Victor/Victoria (France)
  • ¿Víctor o Victoria? (Spain)
  • Victor/Victoria (Argentina)
  • Victor/Victoria (West Germany)
  • Victor/Victoria (Portugal)
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  • 134 min
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Trivia Robert Preston did the final musical number in one take, which explains why he was so clearly out of breath, physically stressed, and sweating profusely during the second half of the number. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Victor Victoria/Silent Rage/Cat People/I Ought to Be In Pictures (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Gay Paree See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits are a montage of Art Deco illustrations, with most of them reflecting the functions of the credited persons. See more »
Quotes Victoria: The bourguignon was just a little tough.
Waiter: Maybe the way you are eating your jaws are getting tired.
Toddy: Speaking of overworked jaws, why don't you treat yours to a sabbatical and fetch me a wine list?
Victoria: [holding up a glass] This is all they have.
Toddy: This? The last time I saw a specimen like this, they had to shoot the horse!
Waiter: [irritated] How lucky can you get? In one evening a Rockefeller... and a Groucho Marx.
Toddy: Oh, they didn't shoot a real horse... just a costume with two waiters in it.
Waiter: I shall think of a sharp retort while I am getting your roast chicken.
Toddy: It's a wise man who knows when to throw in the towel.
Waiter: And it is a moron who gives advice to a horse's arse.
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