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Based on the Broadway musical and featuring classic Cole Porter songs, this film stars Shirley MacLaine as a turn-of-the-century (that would be the 20th) Parisian club owner who is determined to get the titular risqué dance legalized so she can feature it in her establishment without the disruption of police. Frank Sinatra co-stars as her beau/attorney.
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as Francois Durnais
as Simone Pistache
as Paul Barriere
as Philipe Forrestier
as Orchestra Leader
as Judge Merceaux
as League president
as Dupont - policeman
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Critic Reviews for Can-Can
A vulgar and lackluster version of Cole Porter's musical set in Gay Paree in 1896.
Despite the star presence of Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLaine, this is a second-rate musical due to Walter Lang's pedestrian direction but some of Cole Porter's songs are wonderful.
Audience Reviews for Can-Can
Flashy and empty with a few good songs but the lead character is a fool and most of the supporting men contemptible worms who treat her appallingly.
Yet another third-tier mid-Century musical-to-film.
The adaptation dwells far too much, far too long, on the very thin book - in an attempt to offset the fact that these are, for the most part, not anywhere near Cole Porter's most popular songs. In fact, the adaptation abandoned and replaced a number of the original stage songs with other Porter numbers in an attempt to compensate.
After "I Love Paris In The Springtime" and "Just One of Those Things," the viewer's heard all that's worth hearing from the original stage score. "Let's Do It" and "It's All Right With Me" are the best of the add-ons.
RECOMMENDATION: There's an all-star cast looking good and decently delivering - and the film's color, set pieces and costuming are competently done - still the viewer should not hold high hopes.
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