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Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)

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The racy, ribald Cole Porter musical Du Barry Was a Lady is here given a thorough dry-cleaning by prudish MGM. Richard "Red" Skelton takes over the role of Louis Blore (played on Broadway by Bert Lahr), while Lucille Ball steps into the shoes of the original play's Ethel Merman. The story proposes that Blore is a men's room attendant in a New York nightclub who has a yen for gorgeous showgirl May Daly (Lucille Ball). After drinking a potent mixture, Louis dreams that he is King Louis XV of France, and May is the magnificent Madame Du Barry. Also showing up in Louis' dream is Alex Howe (Gene Kelly), who in "real life" is the guy who ends up with May at fade out-time. It's hard to determine what's more fun to watch in Du Barry Was a Lady: the three stars, the antics of supporting player Zero Mostel, or the incredible sequence in which Tommy Dorsey & His Band -- including drummer Buddy Rich -- perform in 18th century garb and powdered wigs. Five of the original Cole Porter songs are retained for this Technicolor-ful film: "Katie Went to Haiti," "Do I Love You, Do I?," "Well, Did You Evah?," "Taliostro's Dance,", and, best of all, "Friendship." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cast

Red Skelton
as Louis Blore/King Louis XV
Lucille Ball
as May Daly/Madame Du Barry
Gene Kelly
as Alec Howe/Black Arrow
Douglas Dumbrille
as Willie/Duc de Rigor
Rags Ragland
as Charlie/Dauphin
Donald Meek
as Mr. Jones/Duc De Choiseul
George Givot
as Cheezy/De Roquefort
Zero Mostel
as Rami the Swami/Cagliostro
Dick Haymes
as Dorsey Singer
Lana Turner
as Guest Star
Pierre Watkin
as Rich Patron
Inez Cooper
as Showgirl
Eve Whitney
as Showgirl
Ernie Alexander
as Delivery Man
William Forrest
as Guard Captain
Charles Judels
as Innkeeper
Emory Parnell
as Gatekeeper
Don Wilson
as Announcer
Tommy Dorsey
as Himself
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Hollywood ruined another wonderful Porter effort by cutting out most of his songs from the stage production.

March 9, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Copying movies like Wizard of Oz, the character in this movie dreams he is King Louis XV. This movie is silly and predictable, I don't recommend it.

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