Walter Lang (1960)

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When Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev visited Hollywood, he was taken onto the set of this 20th Century-Fox musical and shown the can-can number being filmed. He commented: "The face of humanity is more beautiful than its backside" - a very poor PR result, but then Fox did sometimes lack taste when it came to musicals. Although based on Cole Porter's Broadway hit, set in turn-of-the-20th-century Paris, this movie manages to lose some of Porter's best material, notably the brilliant lyric to Can-Can itself, and remains resolutely anachronistic, casting the all-too-contemporary Frank Sinatra, who takes diabolical liberties with other lyrics, and the all-American Shirley MacLaine. The film is at its best in the intimate moments, especially a touching first-half finale as Sinatra croons It's All Right with Me to Juliet Prowse. But the whole movie's simply too long.


A nightclub owner and her boyfriend in 19th-century Paris stage a risque act based on the celebrated dance, only to find themselves threatened with legal action and the prospect of having to close down their establishment. Musical drama, starring Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier and Louis Jourdan. Featuring songs by Cole Porter, including C'est Magnifique, I Love Paris and Let's Do It.

Cast & Crew

François Durnais Frank Sinatra
Simone Pistache Shirley MacLaine
Paul Barrière Maurice Chevalier
Philippe Forrestier Louis Jourdan
Claudine Juliet Prowse
Head waiter Marcel Dalio
Orchestra leader Leon Belasco
Bailiff Nestor Paiva
Director Walter Lang
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video
Drama Music