WriterHal Kanter, Winston Miller Release dateNovember 18, 1958 (1958-11-18) Based onstory by Curtis Harrington ScreenplayHal Kanter, Winston Miller CastPat Boone (Paul Newell), Christine Carère (Michelle Marton), Tommy Sands (Barry Denton), Sheree North (Eadie West), Gary Crosby (Tony Collins), Fred Clark (Al Curtis) Similar moviesCassette Girl, My One Christmas Wish, Office, Crossing the Line to Broadway, Depeche Mode 1991-94 : We were going to live together, record together and it was going to be wonderful, Afrikaans is Big 2014
Mardi Gras was a 1958 musical comedy film starring Pat Boone and Christine Carère.
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. The two fall in love, but Carère's movie studio wants to capitalize on this newly found love for publicity.
Pat Boone as Paul Newell
Christine Carère as Michelle Marton
Tommy Sands as Barry Denton
Sheree North as Eadie West
Gary Crosby as Tony Collins
Fred Clark as Al Curtis
Dick Sargent as Dick Saglon
Barrie Chase as Torchy Larue
Jennifer West as Sylvia Simmons
Geraldine Wall as Ann Harris
King Calder as Lt. Col. Vaupell
Robert Burton as Comdr. Tydings
The Corps of Cadets of the Virginia Military Institute
Christine Carère's and Sheree North's singing voices was dubbed by Eileen Wilson
Jerry Wald arranged for second unit filming done of Virginia Military Institute even before a director had been arranged. He originally wanted Gene Kelly but Kelly was too expensive. He eventually decided on Edmund Goulding, whose career was in decline and was therefore cheap, because Wald had admired his films when he was younger.
Pat Boone's casting was announced in February 1958. Shirley Jones, who had co-starred with Boone in April Love, was meant to play the female lead but had to drop out due to pregnancy. Instead the studio cast French actress Christine Carere, who has just made A Certain Smile for Fox.
The film was Sheree North's final film with 20th Century Fox, who had signed North in 1954 in order to mold her as a replacement for Marilyn Monroe. While under contract with Fox, North made six other movies that Fox also released; How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955), The Lieutenant Wore Skirts (1956), The Best Things in Life Are Free (1956), The Way to the Gold (1957), No Down Payment (1957) and In Love and War (1958).
Shot on location in New Orleans, in CinemaScope and Deluxe color, this was director Goulding's final film.
Despite generally good notices ("makes for sprightly, gay entertainment" - Los Angeles Times) Mardi Gras failed to do well at the box-office.
North was then released from her studio contract. Fox seemed to have lost interest in her in 1956 when they signed Jayne Mansfield to a six year contract.
Composer Lionel Newman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score (Scoring of a Musical Picture) for this film.