DuBarry Was A Lady (1943)
Spotlight on... Royalty on Film
"...and if Lana Turner doesn't set your brain a whirl, then you don't love an Esquire girl..."
|Lana Turner winks at the audience during her|
brief walk on appearance as herself
|Lucille Ball as Madame DuBarry during Louis'|
Although based on the Broadway show, the film version has quite a few differences. Firstly, very few of Cole Porter's songs from the original show are included. Many of the character names were changed, and some new characters were added. The dream sequence was delayed a lot longer in the film, with the first half of the film becoming a sort of a vaudeville revue.
|Lucille Ball first died her hair red for this film|
Three musical highlights in this film include "DuBarry Was A Lady", "I Love An Esquire Girl" and the Cole Porter standard "Friendship".
Lucille Ball's singing voice was dubbed by Martha Mears for most of her songs, but her real voice can be heard in "Friendship".
Song: "Friendship" - Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly, Red Skelton and Virginia O'Brien
Song: "DuBarry Was A Lady" - Lucille Ball (dubbed by Martha Mears)
Did you know...
- Lucille Ball first dyed her natural brunette hair it's trademark red for this film
Closing remarksLucille Ball is one of her most glamourous roles is unfortunately not as great or funny as she usually is in this film. I don't think she was quite right for this role, as I find she doesn't have the command, assertiveness or the nastiness to play May or Madame DuBarry.
Overall the film is very slow and barely watchable. In my opinion this is one of MGMs weaker musicals... even with Gene Kelly, Lucille Ball and Red Skelton.