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Mardi Gras (1958)

Unrated | | Musical | 18 November 1958 (USA)
A military school cadet Boone wins a date with a French movie goddess (Carère) who happens to be the queen of the "Mardi Gras" parade. They fall in love, but Carère's movie studio wants to capitalize on this newly found love for publicity.

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writers:

Curtis Harrington (story), Hal Kanter | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Pat Boone ... Paul Newell
Christine Carère ... Michelle Marton
Tommy Sands ... Barry Denton
Sheree North ... Eadie West
Gary Crosby ... Tony Collins
Fred Clark ... Al Curtis
Dick Sargent ... Dick Saglon (as Richard Sargent)
Barrie Chase ... Torchy Larue
Jennifer West ... Sylvia Simmons
Geraldine Wall Geraldine Wall ... Ann Harris
King Calder ... Lt. Col. Vaupell
Robert Burton ... Comdr. Tydings
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Storyline

A military school cadet Boone wins a date with a French movie goddess (Carère) who happens to be the queen of the "Mardi Gras" parade. They fall in love, but Carère's movie studio wants to capitalize on this newly found love for publicity.

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Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Martes de carnaval See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The role of the gorilla was played by one of Hollywood's leading "gorilla performers," Charles Gemora. This film would be his last performance. For the remaining few years of his life, he worked in the makeup department on future films. See more »

Quotes

Torchy Larue: [Cramming for exams in the strip club where she dances] I'm having trouble correlating the personality compensation theory of Schuman. He calls his thesis Alter Ego Recognition.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Bourbon Street Blues
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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What's not to like?
30 March 2013 | by lairdgSee all my reviews

This movie has had me on the hunt for years, and it seems to have vanished off the radar. As far as I can tell, it has never been recorded, either on VHS or DVD. I don't understand why.

It's not a great movie, but better than many that are more available. I'd love to have a good copy.

I saw the movie in the theater when it was first released, and for some reason never forgot it. It has always been a fond childhood memory.

The cast is young and fresh - Pat Boone in the first flush of his success, Tommy Sands at the beginning of a career that had a short life, and Gary Crosby, eerily channeling his father Bing - and they seem to be giving it their all.

The "girls" - the lovely Christine Carriere, the enormously talented Barrie Chase, and a peppy Sheree North - match the boys step for step.

The result is a pleasant romp through the world of 50's musicals.

Sure, the plot is ridiculous, but who really cares? Relax and have fun.

BTW, although the movie was filmed on the lot for the most part, there is some very interesting vintage stock footage of the New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration and parade.


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