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DuBarry Was a Lady (1943)

aka DuBarry Was a Lady

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Details: 101 mins · English


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Small Louis Blore / King Louis XV
Small May Daly / Madame Du Barry
Small Alec Howe / Black Arrow
Small Ginny
Small Charlie / Dauphin (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Small Rami - the Swami / Taliostra
Small Perfume Girl


No_movie_poster Roy Del Ruth Director
No_movie_poster Arthur Freed Production
No_movie_poster Irving Brecher Writer
No_movie_poster Blanche Sewell Editing


DuBarry Was a Lady is a 1943 American musical comedy film, starring Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, and Gene Kelly. It is based on the 1939 stage musical of the same name. Shot in Technicolor, the film was directed by Roy Del Ruth and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

It used very little of the original Cole Porter score. New characters were added, and many of the original characters' names were changed. The basic outline remained the same, although the relationships of some of the characters were different. In the film, Ginny (another singer) pines away for Louis, who is too infatuated with May Daly to notice, and it is only at the end that he realizes that Ginny loves him.

The dream sequence was purposely delayed by more than forty-five minutes, with vaudeville-type acts performed as a floor show before the sequence got underway. The Louis XV - Mme. DuBarry scenes, unlike the play, featured very little singing.

Release Dates:

DVD : 2007-06-19