Sirk brings a pleasing glossiness to this sharp-witted satire of the familiar “star is born” story. Don Ameche is a Hollywood director whose career is on the rocks and whose dream project—a lavish musical called Ten Days in Paris—is about to be shelved unless he can come up with a singing, dancing, French female lead. Unable to find the real thing, he does a Pygmalion job on a coarse carnival showgirl (Dorothy Lamour, having a blast with the role), transforming her into a très chic Gallic starlet. Deliciously irreverent and full of sardonic one-liners, this unsung gem is an all-too-rare showcase for Sirk’s flair for intelligent comedy.
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