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


May Daly: I see you want to buy me.
Louis Blore: Gosh no, Miss Daly, I want to marry you!


Niagara: What are you doing, playing one-nighters in dressing rooms?


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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.
Ann Sothern was supposed to have the role of May Daly (Madame Du Barry) but discovered she was pregnant. Lucille Ball was given her role instead.
Marie Blake is in studio records/casting call lists for a role in the movie, but she was not seen.
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