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I’ve never seen Du Barry was a Lady but Silver Screenings obvious affection for it means I shall probably make sure I catch it next time it’s on television.
Confession: We (as in, yours truly) have a biased view of movies set in France. In our eyes, these movies can do no wrong.
This is because we went to Paris in our impressionable youth and came home all très sophistiqué. We wore a bemused expression to match our jaunty silk scarf, and we took to drinking lattés from a bowl. Really, there was no living with us.
So even when we watch a movie like Du Barry Was a Lady (1943), a musical comedy with a flimsy plot and one-dimensional characters, we admire it in spite of itself.
The film is basically a dream sequence. It stars Red Skelton as a nightclub employee who downs a spiked cocktail intended for someone else. The drink conks him out, and he dreams he’s King Louis XV, presiding over his co-workers who are members of his court.
In his reverie, Skelton-as-Louis-XV wants to marry his high-profile mistress Madame Du Barry (Lucille Ball), while trying to…
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