Slightly French (1949)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Director Douglas Sirk's love of cinematic esoterica was kept in check in the musical comedy Slightly French. Dorothy Lamour stars as Mary O'Leary, a carnival entertainer who's discovered by enterprising director John Gayle (Don Ameche). The plot dictates that Gayle must pass off Mary as an elegant Parisian actress/singer. This slender plotline enables the film to toss off a number of satirical quips about show biz, and to display Lamour in a variety of exotic costumes. The best musical numbers occur during an extended film-within-a-film sequence. Slightly French is buoyed by its expert supporting cast, including Janis Carter, Willard Parker and Adele Jergens.

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actor, artist, carnival, coach, con/scam, director, employment, filmmaker, forbidden-love, France, impersonation, love, masquerade, project [plan], Pygmalion, stars [celebrities], talent, transformation, unemployment