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Like so many other films that were once considered "lewd" and "scandalous", The French Line seems as harmless as when seen today. Essentially a remake of , the film stars Jane Russell as Mary Carson, an incredibly wealthy Texas oil heiress. Lucky in investments but unlucky in love, poor Mary can never keep a fiance: either they're fortune-hunters or they don't want to marry anyone so rich and powerful. Thus, while on an ocean voyage to France, Mary poses as the model of dress designer Annie Farrell (Mary McCarthy), hoping to attract a man who is interested in her for herself, and not her millions. That man turns out to be dashing stage star Pierre (Gilbert Roland), but there's many comic complications and misunderstandings before the happy ending. What shocked the censors in 1954 was Jane Russell's sizzling musical number "Lookin' for Trouble", in which she performed an uninhibited bump-and-grind while wearing nothing more than a seven-ounce glorified bikini. While Ms. Russell herself was offended by her skimpy costume, she saw nothing wrong with the dance itself, pointing out that she intended it as a parody of a "burleycue" number. The professional blue-noses disagreed, however: the film was condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency and denied a Production Code Seal. Eventually, producer Howard Hughes got the Seal--along with a million dollars' worth of free publicity, which is what he intended all along. Filmed in 3D, The French Line is the film that was ballyhooed with the classically tasteless ad campaign "J.R. in 3D--It'll knock both your eyes out!" ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Jane Russell
as Mary Carson
Gilbert Roland
as Pierre
Arthur Hunnicutt
as "Waco" Mosby
Craig Stevens
as Phil Barton
Joyce MacKenzie
as Myrtle Brown
John Wengraf
as 1st Mate
Barbara Darrow
as Donna Adams
Barbara Dobbins
as Kitty Lee
Suzanne Alexander
Dan Bernaducci
Lane Bradford
as Cowboy
Jack Chefe
as Wine Steward
Sandy Descher
as Girl
Arthur Dulac
as French Steward
Jane Easton
Stanley Farrar
as French Man
Fritz Feld
as French Cabbie
Bess Flowers
as Saleslady
William Forrest
as Sam Baker
Joel Friend
as Actor-dancer
Jo Gilbert
Charmienne Harker
Theresa Harris
as Clara
Helene Hayden
Joi Lansing
Bert LeBaron
as Doorman
Peggy Leon
Jarma Lewis
Frank Marlowe
Ellye Marshall
Louis Mercier
as Steward
Dolores Michaels
Jean Moorhead
Gloria Pall
Shirley Patterson
as Elsie
Allan Ray
Jeffrey Sayre
Elizabeth Slifer
as French Woman
Charles B. Smith
Maureen Stephenson
Lomax Study
as French Waiter
Beverly Thompson
Ralph Volkie
Buck Young
as Photographer
Eileen Coghlan
Shirley Tegge
Doreen Woodbury
Shirley Buchanan
as Model
Al Cavens
Carlos Albert
Bobette Bentley
Lonnie Pierce
as Showgirl
Suzanne Ames
Virginia Bates
Rita Corday
as Celeste
Steven Geray
as Francois
Kim Novak
as Model
Jack Chefe
as Wine Steward
Bert LeBaron
as Doorman
Rita Corday
as Celeste
Arthur Dulac
as French Steward
Lonnie Pierce
as Showgirl
Fritz Feld
as French Cabbie
Theresa Harris
as Clara
Bess Flowers
as Saleslady
William Forrest
as Sam Baker
Shirley Patterson
as Elsie
Lomax Study
as French Waiter
Steven Geray
as Francois
Sandy Descher
as Girl
Shirley Buchanan
as Model
Elizabeth Slifer
as French Woman
Louis Mercier
as Steward
Joel Friend
as Actor-dancer
Stanley Farrar
as French Man
Buck Young
as Photographer
Lane Bradford
as Cowboy

Crew

Lloyd Bacon
Director
Edmund Grainger
Producer
Mary Loos
Screenwriter
Richard Sale
Screenwriter
Isabel Dawn
Screenwriter
Matty Kemp
Screenwriter
Harry J. Wild
Cinematographer
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Composer (Music Score)
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Walter Scharf
Composer (Music Score)
Carroll Clark
Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Al Orenbach
Set Designer
Michael Woulfe
Costume Designer
Howard Greer
Costume Designer
Clem Portman
Sound/Sound Designer
William Dorfman
First Assistant Director
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