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Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) was a Musical - Comedy Film directed by Roy Del Ruth and produced by Arthur Freed.

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Musical Monday: Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)

on Apr 10, 2017 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: “Du Barry Was a Lady&#... Read full article


Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)

By Angela on Aug 7, 2011 From Hollywood Revue

Hat check clerk Louis Blore (Red Skelton) works in a nightclub where one of the star performers is May Daly (Lucille Ball). Louis is in love with May, but he has some competition from dancer Alec Howe (Gene Kelly). May loves Alec and Alec loves her, but unfortunately for both Louis and Alec, she&#... Read full article


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Old lady: Next time I get hitched it's for dough.


Alec Howe: You're human aren't you?
May Daly: I hope not!


Louis Blore: You remind me of one of those girls in Esquire, the ones with clothes on, of course.


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"Du Barry Was a Lady" was adapted from a Broadway show that opened at the 46th Street Theatre on December 6, 1939 and ran for 408 performances. The opening night cast included Bert Lahr as Louis Blore, Ethel Merman as May Daly and Benny Baker, Betty Grable, Janice Carter, Adele Jergens, Tito Renaldo, Kay Sutton and Charles Walters. Much of the 'bathroom' humor (Lahr played a bathroom attendant) was not acceptable to the censors and was omitted from the movie. Later, Gypsy Rose Lee was a replacement cast member for Ethel Merman.
Near the end of the movie when Red Skelton, as Louis, has an arrow stuck in his rear-end, as he pleads for it to be removed he cracks: "Hurry up, this thing is starting to pick up several radio stations already". Coincidentally, three decades later his co-star Lucille Ball went public claiming she could hear radio programs directly in her head when driving near radio transmission towers. She explained that the metal fillings in her teeth detected strong radio signals making them audible to her.
Marie Blake is in studio records/casting call lists for a role in the movie, but she was not seen.
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