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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Irving Brecher, Nancy Hamilton, Wilkie Mahoney, Albert Mannheimer, Mary C. McCall Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 19, 2007
MGM Home Entertainment


as Louis Blore/King Lou...

as May Daly/Madame Du B...

as Alec Howe/Black Arro...

as Willie/Duc de Rigor

as Charlie/Dauphin

as Mr. Jones/Duc De Cho...

as Cheezy/De Roquefort

as Rami the Swami/Cagli...

as Niagara

as Dorsey Singer

as Old Lady

as Woman

as Escort

as Guest Star

as Rich Patron

as Nick

as Footman

as Showgirl

as Showgirl

as Showgirl

as Delivery Man

as Guard Captain

as Innkeeper

as Gatekeeper

as Announcer

as Himself
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Hollywood ruined another wonderful Porter effort by cutting out most of his songs from the stage production.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Du Barry Was a Lady

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.

Aj V

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In Honor of Lucille Balls 100 Bday, they rocked her Movies this last weekend, & I have decided this was my Favorite Lucille Ball Film.The Extrordinary Costumes alone would get my vote, but I learned something about my(Our) Beloved Lucy~ She can SING (who knew?), & Dance, & was very beautiful & glamorous when she was young.A Magical Fantasy Musical Love Story with Lucy & Gene Kelly, be still my Heart! A Lovable Kooky Celebrity, Red Skelton,is slipped a Mickey & dreams that he's King Louis XV of France & that the Showgirl ,May(Lucy), is his Mistress Madame Du Barry, which causes problems for the Poor but talented Alec (Gene Kelly).It's a bit predictable, but it reminds me so much of a Ziegfield Production with it's over the Top Costumes & Beauty that meets The Wizard of Oz Dream Fantasy, that I can't help but adore it.Stars like the one & only Lucy,dancing Gene Kelly,Comic Relief such as Zero Mostel, Louise Beavers, & the Comic Genius of Red Skelton are but the Cherries on the Cake Top of a Very Lovely & Whimsical Musical .I use to tell everybody I Sing & Cry like Lucy(the "I Love Lucy" Lucy is horrible), now I will forever wish that I could sing like Lucy in this Movie.

I think "2 hours of Arthur Freed fluff" adequately describes this film. a pretty cookie-cutter musical comedy story that unfortunately feels forced in both the music and the comedy. you couldn't ask for a much better cast, they just unfortunately weren't given much to work with. it's a very light and overall entertaining movie that has a ton of selling points, you just don't get a whole lot of bang for your buck.

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