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Frenchie (1950)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 20 April 1951 (Australia)
Frenchie Fontaine sells her successful business in New Orleans to come West. Her reason? Find the men who killed her father, Frank Dawson. But she only knows one of the two who did and she's determined to find out the other.

Director:

Louis King

Writer:

Oscar Brodney (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joel McCrea ... Sheriff Tom Banning
Shelley Winters ... Frenchie Fontaine
Paul Kelly ... Pete Lambert
Elsa Lanchester ... Countess
Marie Windsor ... Diane Gorman
John Russell ... Lance Cole
John Emery ... Clyde Gorman
George Cleveland ... Mayor Jefferson Harding
Regis Toomey ... Carter
Paul E. Burns ... Rednose
Frank Ferguson ... Jim Dobbs
Vincent Renno Vincent Renno ... Tony
Lawrence Dobkin ... Bartender (as Larry Dobkin)
Lucille Barkley Lucille Barkley ... Dealer
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Frenchie Fontaine sells her successful business in New Orleans to come West. Her reason? Find the men who killed her father, Frank Dawson. But she only knows one of the two who did and she's determined to find out the other.

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Taglines:

Every Inch of Her Was Against the Law! She's Tameless...He's Tough!

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1951 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Frenchie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Frenchie Fontaine Dawson: Don't worry about me sheriff, anything I can get on I can get off.
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One Brassy Lassie
20 July 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Although most film historians rate Frenchie as at least a partial remake of Destry Rides Again, you look on the film credits and you will see nary a mention of Max Brand and his western novel on which the famous James Stewart-Marlene Dietrich classic is based. It gives someone by the name of Oscar Brodney credit for an 'original story and screenplay. The estate of Max Brand could have sued.

But other than the name of the town of Bottleneck and the name of Shelley Winters title character a whole lot has changed. Joel McCrea is the Destry character renamed Tom Banning who cleaned up the bad elements in Bottleneck, but then left after his girlfriend Marie Windsor decided to marry John Emery the banker. He's coming back now.

But also coming to town is Shelley Winters who as a little girl saw her father murdered by his two partners, one of them Paul Kelly the other a silent partner. She's the notorious Frenchie Fairmount of New Orleans, owner and operator of the most posh gambling palace in that town and she's now come to Bottleneck to take the trade from Paul Kelly who owns a rival palace in nearby Chuck-a-luck. Winters arrives with able assistants Elsa Lanchester and John Russell.

Separate things bring McCrea and Winters back to Bottleneck, but soon they find they've a lot in common. McCrea has the Destry character down pretty good, albeit he's a little older than when Jimmy Stewart and later Audie Murphy played him.

As for Shelley Winters, she's one brassy lassie and she holds her own in the chick fight that Destry is so famous for. Her's is with Marie Windsor.

One thing Frenchie does miss is the sure comedy touch of George Marshall from the 1939 version. Still this one holds up quite nicely and McCrea and Winters and the rest of the cast do just fine.


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