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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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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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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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Shenandoah
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A funny teen-oriented comedy from the '50s
24 August 2017 | by bellino-angelo2014See all my reviews

This is one of the many teen-oriented comedy films of the mid-1950s along with movies like ''Gidget'' or ''Bernardine'' (with Pat Boone).

''Mardi Gras'' is set in a military school with some cadets that try to win a date with the queen of the Mardi Gras parade, and Pat Boone's character wins it. So he and his fellow buddies follow him to Hollywood and attend the parade. But the studio wants to capitalize the parade queen's affair with the cadet for having some publicity.

There are some nice songs, few sang by Pat Boone, like ''Bourbon Street Blues'', ''Bigger than Texas'' and ''I'll Remember Tonight''.

This was Edmund Goulding's last directorial effort, and there is a nice cast of fresh juvenile actors of those years, like Gary Crosby (Bing's son) and Tommy Sands as Boone's sidekicks. Also Dick Sargent (here billed Richard) as a fellow cadet and in one of his first movies, dancer Barrie Chase, who has a dancing moment in the movie, Sheree North in her last 20th Century Fox movie, and French movie star Christine Carere in one of her few movies made in America.

It's not a great movie, but who cares? It's great fun for all ages!


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