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Slightly French (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 8 July 1949 (Finland)
A cinema director who is in an emotional and professional crisis thinks that he has discovered a French star when he meets an ordinary dancer.


Douglas Sirk


Karen DeWolf (screenplay), Herbert Fields (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Lamour ... Mary O'Leary aka Rochelle Olivia
Don Ameche ... John Gayle
Janis Carter ... Louisa Gayle
Willard Parker ... Douglas Hyde
Adele Jergens ... Yvonne La Tour
Jeanne Manet Jeanne Manet ... Nicolette


Movie director John Gayle is fired by his best friend, a producer. He goes to the beach and wanders into a carnival. There he sees a cleaver Irish girl, Mary O'Leary, and decides to 'discover' her and regain his job. He takers her to his home and does a series of "Pygmalion" experiments with her. She becomes a fine actress and is hired by the movie studio, who believe her to be a FRench heiress. Gayle is hired to direct her but when she gives away the whole hoax, he is fired again. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

8 July 1949 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Let's Fall in Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed in January-February 1948, but not released until a year later, in February 1949. See more »


Louisa Gayle: You go to your church, I'll go to mine.
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Referenced in Tis tyhis ta grammena (1957) See more »


Love Masquerade
Words and Music by Allan Roberts and Lester Lee
Sung by Dorothy Lamour
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Poor remake
30 May 2019 | by sb-47-608737See all my reviews

This is a remake of Lowe, Sothern starrer Let's fall in love (1933), which itself is one of many adaptations of Shaw's Pygmalion. Agreed that Shaw too had been influenced by, but that was minimal, from the original mythical story of the same name, unlike these, and many other set of movies. A perfectionist Director Ameche (Lowe) - need an European actress French (Swedish) when the star is indisposed (walks out) due to his tough attitude walks out. Trying to get away from it all, he visits a carnival, and finds a girl, who fits the bill - only then he finds she is a full blooded American, nothing French (Swedish) about her. He puts her under Language and Culture training and then springs the surprise on the unsuspecting studio, and public - who laps her up. By the time the cat is out of the bag, the movie has progressed too far to call it a day. In addition the financiers are elated, the lie exposed to/by the press had been a free publicity for heroine and movie. But by then the director is fired and with her love out of studio, heroine sulks (disappears). Within ( ) is the 1933 movie.

Though it was pre-Maisie - but the role was almost similar to the Maisie roles Sothern was to play later - and she fitted perfectly in it. And despite being partial to Ameche, I found Lowe much more convincing. The tough ruthless slave-driver might not have been Ameche's cup of tea.

But the main fault in this version wasn't actors. Lamour wasn't too far behind Sothern in that department, at least in this movie. It was in conceptualization/ direction. The clamour for Swedish actress was understood (Garbo was the Queen then - and with her neighbor, Dietrich etc, one could justify the attraction of Swedish Miss'. But in this era - Bardot or her neighbors, Loren, Gina etc were yet to be born (on screen) - in fact another lovely Swede, Bergman was still reigning - though about to go Italian. In addition to these, critical factors, which was necessary for the movie, there were quite a few other unconvincing episodes (e.g. Lamour's first meeting with the producer (Willard Parker). She had been trained to be french, she knows why, so she simply won't be acting American, while interacting with an unknown person, that too at home.

My recommendation is to watch the far superior 1933 movie.

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