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Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 13 August 1943 (USA)
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A night club's coatroom attendant who's in-love with the club's singer accidentally sips a drugged drink that makes him dream he's French King Louis XV courting the infamous Madame Du Barry.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Herbert Fields (play), Buddy G. DeSylva (play) (as B.G. DeSylva) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Red Skelton ... Louis Blore / King Louis XV
Lucille Ball ... May Daly / Madame Du Barry
Gene Kelly ... Alec Howe / Black Arrow
Virginia O'Brien ... Ginny
Rags Ragland ... Charlie / Dauphin (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Zero Mostel ... Rami - the Swami / Taliostra
Donald Meek ... Mr. Jones / Duc de Choiseul
Douglass Dumbrille ... Willie / Duc de Rigor
George Givot ... Cheezy / Count de Roquefort
Louise Beavers ... Niagara
Tommy Dorsey ... Tommy Dorsey
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra ... Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra
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Storyline

Hat check man Louis Blore is in love with nightclub star May Daly. May, however, is love with a poor dancer, but wants to marry for money. When Louis wins the Irish Sweepstakes, he asks May to marry him and she accepts even though she doesn't love him. Soon after, Louis has an accident and gets knocked on the head, where he dreams that he's King Louis XV pursuing the infamous Madame Du Barry. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

More scintillating stars - more gorgeous girls - more peppy dancing - more pulsing rhythms - more fun and funsters - than you've even seen before in the year's giant entertainment! (original Herald) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gentleman's Choice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,239,222 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In retrospect, this Arthur Freed film could easily be mistaken for a product of either the Joe Pasternak or Jack Cummings producing units at MGM, which were known for nominal plots and reliance upon guest bandleaders and specialty acts. See more »

Goofs

At one point during May Daly''s opening song, Louis is sitting behind the hat check counter admiring her. He has his chin resting on his left hand, which he removes twice when someone come up to the counter. See more »

Quotes

Louis Blore: Here's to I, May, and you - the eternal rectangle. If this was back in the glorious days of France, I would be King Louis, May would be Du Barry, and you would be one of the common folks - a peasant.
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Crazy Credits

The Three Oxford Boys are credited orally by the MC ('Gene Kelly') as The Oxford Boys. See more »


Soundtracks

(I've Grown So Lonely) Thinking of You
(1926)
Written by Walter Donaldson and Paul Ash
Performed by The Three Oxford Boys imitating Kay Kyser and His Orchestra
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ho hum musical comedy dominated by over-the-top Red Skelton
22 January 2009 | by OldAle1See all my reviews

How much you enjoy this will depend heavily I would think on how much you enjoy the verbal and physical shtick of Red Skelton, the star (along with Gene Kelly, Lucille Ball and the great if largely forgotten Virginia O'Brien) of both the main storyline (typical backstage musical farce with Kelly and Skelton vying for Ball's hand) and an extended dream sequence (Louis XV fending off a rebellion). I find Skelton quite irritating, and Ball's charm, Kelly's dancing, and the music of Tommy Dorsey just don't quite make up for it. I rarely like to use the word "dated", but if there's any film I've seen lately that it applies to, this be it brother. The way in which the dream sequence basically takes over the film is rather neat, and the color is nice, but on the whole I was not enthralled. I won't be searching out any best-of-Red Skelton sets anytime soon...

Watched on VHS


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