Slightly French (1949)

80-81 mins | Drama | February 1949

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Producer:

Irving Starr

Cinematographer:

Charles "Bud" Lawton

Editor:

Al Clark

Production Designer:

Carl Anderson

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Let's Fall in Love ... More Less

The film's working title was Let's Fall in Love . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12 Feb 1949.
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Daily Variety
3 Feb 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
16 Feb 49
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jan 48
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Feb 48
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 49
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
19 Feb 49
p. 4505.
New York Times
27 May 49
p. 25.
Variety
9 Feb 49
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus dir
DANCE
Choreog
SOURCES
SONGS
"Let's Fall in Love," music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
"Fifi from the Follies Bergere," "Learn About Love" and "Love Masquerade," music and lyrics by Allan Roberts and Lester Lee.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Let's Fall in Love
Release Date:
February 1949
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 2 February 1949
Production Date:
9 January--2 March 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 February 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2104
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80-81
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13113
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Motion picture director John Gayle is a difficult perfectionist. In an effort to get him to relax, Louisa, his sister, takes him to a carnival, where he is impressed by the versatility of Mary O'Leary, a singer and dancer. After his demands drive Yvonne La Tour, the star of his current movie, to quit, John is fired. He then conceives a plan to have Mary pretend to be French and take Yvonne's place, figuring that if he can save the movie, he will get his directing job back. Over Louisa's objections, Mary is installed in the Gayle home, and John works hard to teach her what she needs to know. As they work together, Mary falls in love with John, but soon realizes that to him, she is just a means to an end. Shortly after John informs Mary that she is ready to be introduced as "Rochelle Olivier," his "friend from France," Mary goes for a swim and meets the film's producer, Douglas Hyde, as her real self. Realizing what has happened, Louisa and John quickly hustle Doug away, and Louisa points out that as Mary was in a bathing suit, her shapely figure probably distracted Doug so much that he did not pay close attention to her face. Upon meeting Mary as "Rochelle," Doug immediately agrees to star her in the film, but she refuses to sign the contract unless John is re-hired to direct. As filming progresses, Doug romances Mary. One night, when Doug takes Mary to a charity ball, a jealous John joins them, and he and Mary quarrel. During the quarrel, Mary inadvertently reveals her true identity, ... +


Motion picture director John Gayle is a difficult perfectionist. In an effort to get him to relax, Louisa, his sister, takes him to a carnival, where he is impressed by the versatility of Mary O'Leary, a singer and dancer. After his demands drive Yvonne La Tour, the star of his current movie, to quit, John is fired. He then conceives a plan to have Mary pretend to be French and take Yvonne's place, figuring that if he can save the movie, he will get his directing job back. Over Louisa's objections, Mary is installed in the Gayle home, and John works hard to teach her what she needs to know. As they work together, Mary falls in love with John, but soon realizes that to him, she is just a means to an end. Shortly after John informs Mary that she is ready to be introduced as "Rochelle Olivier," his "friend from France," Mary goes for a swim and meets the film's producer, Douglas Hyde, as her real self. Realizing what has happened, Louisa and John quickly hustle Doug away, and Louisa points out that as Mary was in a bathing suit, her shapely figure probably distracted Doug so much that he did not pay close attention to her face. Upon meeting Mary as "Rochelle," Doug immediately agrees to star her in the film, but she refuses to sign the contract unless John is re-hired to direct. As filming progresses, Doug romances Mary. One night, when Doug takes Mary to a charity ball, a jealous John joins them, and he and Mary quarrel. During the quarrel, Mary inadvertently reveals her true identity, to the delight of eavesdropping reporters. Doug believes that he will be fired, but his boss is delighted by the free publicity. John, however, is fired for fraud. Believing that she will be fired as well, Mary packs to leave, but Doug reveals that he knew about the deception from the start and wants her to continue with the film. After a new director is hired, however, a lovesick Mary's performance suffers. Then Louisa helps John realize that he is in love with Mary, and Doug ascertains that Louisa is in love with him. John is rehired and everything points to a happy ending for the two couples. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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