Du Barry Was a Lady

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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 ...
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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."
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Special Features

MGM's Pete Smith Specialty short Seeing Hands, the MGM cartoon Bah Wilderness (both '43), and a theatrical trailer.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
For the first 20 or so years of its existence, "musical film" was pretty much synonymous with "lighthearted fluff." Du Barry Was a Lady fits that description exactly. Based somewhat loosely on a hit Cole Porter play, Du Barry is so light, a good breeze would blow it away, but it's a lot of fun. The plot is simply an excuse for the stars to do a number of routines, and as long as there are stars such as Lucille Ball, Red Skelton, and Gene Kelly, that's just fine. All three have a wonderful rapport, whether as a trio or in various duos, playing off of each other with skill and vigor. This is one of Ball's best film roles, exploiting her comic talent to a much greater extent than usual, and she looks beautiful. Skelton matches her in comedic technique, with his trademark befuddlement working to good effect, and Kelly is bursting with energy. The film isn't the type that allows for innovation, but it demonstrates that Kelly didn't need innovation -- he could be just as enthralling using typical musical comedy choreography. Although not an A-level musical, the costumes are witty and amusing, and the entire film has a silliness that's quite infectious.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • UPC: 012569796317
  • Original Release: 1943
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Red Skelton Louis Blore/King Louis
Lucille Ball May Daly/Madame Du Barry
Gene Kelly Alec Howe/Black Arrow
Virginia O'Brien Ginny
Zero Mostel Rami the Swami/Cagliostro
Rags Ragland Charlie/Dauphin
Donald Meek Mr. Jones, Duc De Choiseul
Douglas Dumbrille Willie/Duc de Rigor
George Givot Cheezy/De Roquefort
Louise Beavers Niagara
Kay Aldridge
Ernie Alexander Delivery Man
Richard Alexander Man
Sig Arno Nick
Hugh Beaumont Footman
Clara Blandick Old Lady
Hazel Brooks Girl
Georgia Carroll
Chester Clute Doctor
Charles Coleman Doorman
Edward Cooper
Inez Cooper
Maurice Costello Passerby
William Costello
Cecil Cunningham Couple
Natalie Draper
William Forrest Guard Captain
Christian J. Frank Lackey
Ava Gardner Girl
Harry Hayden Couple
Dick Haymes Dorsey Singer
Dell Henderson
Charles Judels Innkeeper
Mitchell Lewis Renel
Marilyn Maxwell
Art Miles
Paul Newlan Man
Emory Parnell Gatekeeper
Jo Stafford Singer
Andrew Tombes Escort
Michael Visaroff
Pierre Watkin Rich Patron
Eve Whitney Showgirl
Kay Williams
Don Wilson Voice Only
Tommy Dorsey Himself
Marie Blake Woman
Lana Turner Guest Star
Technical Credits
Roy Del Ruth Director
Irving Brecher Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Arthur Freed Producer
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Nancy Hamilton Screenwriter
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Wilkie Mahoney Screenwriter
Albert Mannheimer Screenwriter
Mary C. McCall Jr. Screenwriter
Jack McGowan Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Cole Porter Score Composer
Blanche Sewell Editor
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Charles Sherman Screenwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
George Stoll Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles Walters Choreography
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Du Barry Was a Lady
1. Credits [1:55]
2. Du Barry Was a Lady [4:21]
3. Swami Boyer [2:52]
4. More for Their Money [2:01]
5. The Oxford Boys Medley [3:05]
6. Well, Git It [4:05]
7. Do I Love You? (Song) [3:49]
8. Nice Guy Like My Dad [2:14]
9. Do I Love You? (Dance) [3:01]
10. Salad Dressing [4:13]
11. Next Time for Dough [2:50]
12. Salome [3:36]
13. Sweepstakes Winner [4:42]
14. I Love an Esquire Girl [6:34]
15. Marrying for Money [4:58]
16. Slipping Louis a Rooney [4:04]
17. King of His Dreams [3:35]
18. Ladies of the Bath [1:36]
19. Katie Went to Haiti [3:56]
20. Like Father, Like Son [3:39]
21. Boudoir Chase [4:24]
22. Madame, I Love Your Crepes Suzette [4:03]
23. Black Arrow Intrigue [3:18]
24. Song of Rebellion [4:12]
25. Pop in the Posterior [5:03]
26. Doubleheader Today [3:04]
27. Outgo Tax [1:59]
28. Friendship [3:11]
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Disc #1 -- Du Barry Was a Lady
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Seeing Hands
      Bah Wilderness
      Theatrical Trailer
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