That’s not the name of the film — but Madame Du Barry from 1934 starring Dolores del Rio as the notorious mistress of King Louis XV of France seems to have gone missing. I can’t find this film anywhere in any medium! I’ve been scouring eBay for ages, and it never turns up. Don’t even talk to me about streaming digital copies, that appears impossible. No library VHS, no shitty screengrabs on YouTube (nothing longer than 2-minute clips, at least). I’ve had a TiVo alert set in case Turner Classic Movies plays the film at some point, but nothing showing yet
Here’s why I’m so intrigued by this black-and-white box-office flop:
Are you getting what I’m getting? Yeah, it’s Orry-Kelly in prime Orry-Kelly-ness doing historical-ish over-the-top fabulousness, with the stunning Dolores del Rio at the heart of it. The film was apparently a light romantic comedy that got in trouble with the Production Code of the time for bawdiness, but blah blah blah, I just want to see these costumes!
The most significant clips I’ve found of the actual movie Madame du Barry are the trailer:
And here’s the infamous “nightgown” scene:
Has anyone seen Madame du Barry (1934)? Know where I can get a copy?