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Can-Can (1960)





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Parisian saloon-keeper Shirley MacLaine pays off local police so her patrons can enjoy "illegal" entertainment. When trouble ensues, she calls on her freewheeling lawyer (Frank Sinatra) for help. Song-and-dance numbers abound, most notably three Cole Porter tunes and a ballet by Juliet Prowse.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Frank Sinatra
as Francois Durnais
Shirley MacLaine
as Simone Pistache
Maurice Chevalier
as Paul Barriere
Louis Jourdan
as Philipe Forrestier
Juliet Prowse
as Claudine
Marcel Dalio
as Headwaiter
Leon Belasco
as Orchestra Leader
Nestor Paiva
as Bailiff
Jean Del Val
as Judge Merceaux
Eugene Borden
as Chevrolet
Jonathan Kidd
as Recorder
Ann Codee
as League president
Genevieve Aumont
as Secretary
Peter Coe
as Dupont - policeman
Marcel de la Brosse
as Plainclothesman
Renee Godfrey
as Dowager
Maurice Marsac
as Bailiff
Lili Valenty
as Dowager
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Critic Reviews for Can-Can

All Critics (2)

A vulgar and lackluster version of Cole Porter's musical set in Gay Paree in 1896.

Full Review… | February 10, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | August 1, 2005

Audience Reviews for Can-Can

5 great stars (Prowse was just getting started) in a rather average film makes this a bit of a disappointment. It's wonderful to see a few of these songs performed in their original context, and a few scenes are exceptionally well done; but this film is a bit of a dog. Perhaps if MacLaine had been a brunette instead...

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

I'm saving her for a rainy day. Francois Durnais and Simone Pistache operate a club that offers opportunities to watch the forbidden dance, the Can-Can. They pay-off and allow local crime officials in to keep the club open; unfortunately, an ambitious judge seeks to shut them down. The charismatic couple will have to turn their efforts up a notch to keep their club open. "I am not confused. You haven't asked me anything intelligent." Walter Lang, director of The King and I, The Little Princess, State Fair, There's No Business Like Show Business, Greenwich Village, The Jackpot, and Sitting Pretty, delivers Can Can. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward and felt a bit unimaginative. I did enjoy the cast's performance but it was more fun than serious. The cast includes Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLain, Marcel Dalio, Juliet Prowse, and Nestor Paiva. "Fat cat, where are you? I found this on cable and had to DVR it as a huge fan of Sinatra. This was very average and just okay. I was a bit disappointed with this film and felt it could have been better. Overall, this is only worth seeing for diehard Sinatra or classic movie fans. Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

An Adorable Musical about the Scandalous & Illegal Dance of 1896 that showed Women's Petticoats while doing Leg Kicks & the Splits.The Judge Louis Jourdan)comes to witness for Himself if it is Immoral, & falls in Love with Her (Shirley MacLaine), which puts a Monkey Wrench Into Things for her Non-Committal Boyfriend.Oh My, I wouldn't mind having such Men fighting over me ! For the Record, I'd choose Louis Jourdan, hands Down. Music & Mayham, what's not to Love?

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

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