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Slightly French (1949)

A cinema director who is in an emotional and professional crisis thinks that he has discovered a French star when he meets an ordinary dancer.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

Karen DeWolf (screenplay), Herbert Fields (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Lamour ... Mary O'Leary aka Rochelle Olivia
Don Ameche ... John Gayle
Janis Carter ... Louisa Gayle
Willard Parker ... Douglas Hyde
Adele Jergens ... Yvonne La Tour
Jeanne Manet Jeanne Manet ... Nicolette
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Storyline

Movie director John Gayle is fired by his best friend, a producer. He goes to the beach and wanders into a carnival. There he sees a cleaver Irish girl, Mary O'Leary, and decides to 'discover' her and regain his job. He takers her to his home and does a series of "Pygmalion" experiments with her. She becomes a fine actress and is hired by the movie studio, who believe her to be a FRench heiress. Gayle is hired to direct her but when she gives away the whole hoax, he is fired again. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE ACCENT IS ON Fun! (original print media ad - mostly caps)


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1949 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Let's Fall in Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in January-February 1948, but not released until a year later, in February 1949. See more »

Quotes

Mary O'Leary aka Rochelle Olivia: [they are driving] But Pa didn't know what procrastinating meant. So he told the teacher that if she'd swear that I was doing it, that he'd beat me up. And I told him that if he did, I'd run away. So, she did and he did and I did. And that's all.
Mary O'Leary aka Rochelle Olivia: Hey, what goes with the hotel?
John Gayle: That's my house.
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Referenced in Tis tyhis ta grammena (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Masquerade
Words and Music by Allan Roberts and Lester Lee
Sung by Dorothy Lamour
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Gorgeous Dorothy Lamour in a Pleasing Musical/Comedy
26 December 2008 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

SLIGHTLY FRENCH is a delightful little trifle starring Dorothy Lamour as a cynical carnival performer who is wooed by movie director Don Ameche to star in his new movie and feign being a great French star imported to America for the film. (Interestingly, this very plot was used that same year in IT'S A GREAT FEELING with Doris Day - and Day's Faux French femme's last name was Lamour!!!). Elegantly filmed by cultish director Douglas Sirk, SLIGHTLY FRENCH is not a classic but it's a very appealing little comedy/musical/drama with two excellent stars. Cannot believe one reviewer on IMDb wrote Lamour "never became a movie star" away from Hope and Crosby, she was only one of the biggest stars 1936-1949 in pictures and in 1941 was VARIETY magazine's top female box-office attraction. She starred in many excellent films sans Bob or Bing, THE HURRICANE, THE FLEET'S IN, JOHNNY APOLLO, SPAWN OF THE NORTH, etc. You'll note she gets billing over Ameche in this film. Alas, few of the big movie stars of the era have had their careers locked away in the vaults as Dorothy has - most of her films were at Paramount, and Universal (which now owns the 1930-1948 Paramount films) has done a very poor job getting most of them in circulation so most do only know her today from the Road movies. She was a great singer, a delightful screen star, and a fairly good actress too. Here's hoping this Columbia release will show up on Turner Classic Movies soon so more can see this lovely glamour girl in this underrated gem.


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