Du Barry Was a Lady

Du Barry Was a Lady

Red Skelton
Director: Roy Del Ruth Cast: Red Skelton
Red Skelton
, Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
, Gene Kelly
Gene Kelly
Roy Del Ruth

DVD (Full Frame)

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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."

Product Details

Release Date: 04/14/2020
UPC: 0883929713424
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:41:00
Sales rank: 9,312

Special Features

Oscar-Nominated Pete Smith Specialty Short Seeing Hands; Classic Cartoon Bah Wilderness; Theatrical Trailer

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 Actor
Ernie Alexander Delivery Man
Richard Alexander Man
Sig Arno Nick
Hugh Beaumont Footman
Clara Blandick Old Lady
Hazel Brooks Girl
Georgia Carroll Actor
Chester Clute Doctor
Charles Coleman Doorman
Edward Cooper Actor
Inez Cooper Actor
Maurice Costello Passerby
William Costello Actor
Cecil Cunningham Couple
Natalie Draper Actor
William Forrest Guard Captain
Christian J. Frank Lackey
Ava Gardner Girl
Harry Hayden Couple
Dick Haymes Dorsey Singer
Dell Henderson Actor
Charles Judels Innkeeper
Mitchell Lewis Renel
Marilyn Maxwell Actor
Art Miles Actor
Paul Newlan Man
Emory Parnell Gatekeeper
Jo Stafford Singer
Andrew Tombes Escort
Michael Visaroff Actor
Pierre Watkin Rich Patron
Eve Whitney Showgirl
Kay Williams Actor
Don Wilson Announcer
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 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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Du Barry Was a Lady
255. Scene Selections
1. Credits [1:55]
2. Du Barry Was a Lady [4:21]
3. Swami Boyer [2:52]
4. More for the Money [2:01]
5. The Oxford Boys Medley [3:05]
6. Well, Get 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. Frienship [3:11]

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