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50 Million Frenchmen

Directed by Lloyd Bacon
United States, 1931
Comedy, Romance


Fifty Million Frenchmen is a musical comedy with a book by Herbert Fields and music and lyrics by Cole Porter. It opened on Broadway in 1929 and was adapted for a film two years later. The title is a reference to the hit 1927 song “Fifty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong” by Willie Raskin.

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50 Million Frenchmen Directed by Lloyd Bacon

Critics reviews

Fifty Million Frenchmen (1931) is a showcase for the antics of Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson, who had been working as a duo since the late teens… They were known for their boundary dissolving stage shows which strung clotheslines from balcony to balcony to dry their wash, had cows falling from the ceiling, and dubbed Hitler into Yiddish. This kind of madcap deconstruction wouldn’t show up on film until Hellzapoppin’ in 1941, but there some evidence of their insanity in Fifty Million Frenchmen.
February 02, 2016
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