Madame Du Barry

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No boring historical pageant this, Warner Bros.' Madame DuBarry is a fast-paced, often hilarious romantic romp. Her Mexican accent held in check, the ravishingly beautiful Dolores Del Rio plays 18th-century French courtesan DuBarry like a 20th-century golddigger on the make. Brought to Versailles as the companion of courtier D'Aigullon (Victor Jory), former street waif DuBarry charms her way into the heart -- and boudoir -- of gouty King Louis XV (Reginald Owen). Many of the famous incidents in her character's life are given showcase treatment: When DuBarry's enemies steal her gown, she appears at her presentation at Versailles in a flimsy nightgown; and when she wants to take a sleighride in the middle of summer, King Louis "nationalizes" all the sugar in Paris as a substitute for snow. Upon Louis' death, the petulant new Queen Marie Antoinette (Anita Louise) banishes DuBarry from court, which our heroine takes in her usual stride, insouciantly chanting the roundelay "The King of France" as she walks out of the palace, with her head held high (and still -- at this point anyway -- firmly planted on her shoulders). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Dolores Del Rio
as Mme. Du Barry
Reginald Owen
as Louis XV
Osgood Perkins
as Richelieu
Anita Louise
as Marie Antoinette
Veree Teasdale
as Duchess De Granmont
Victor Jory
as Duke D'Aiguillon
Verree Teasdale
as Duchess De Granmont
Henry O'Neill
as Duc De Choiseul
Dorothy Tree
as Adelaide
Helen Howell
as Countess De Bearn
Joan Wheeler
as Florette
Hobart Cavanaugh
as De La Vauguyon
Nella Walker
as Mme. De Noailles
Halliwell Hobbes
as English Ambassador
Arthur Treacher
as Master of the Bedroom
Allan Cavan
as Nobleman
Eula Guy
as Young Girl
Victoria Vinton
as Young Girl
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