Mardi Gras (1958 film)

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Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Edmund Goulding
Written by Curtis Harrington
Music by Lionel Newman
20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • November 18, 1958 (1958-11-18)
Running time 107 min.
Budget $1.69 million[1]
Box office $2.5 million[2]

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.



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).

Composer Lionel Newman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score (Scoring of a Musical Picture) for this film. Shot on location in New Orleans, in CinemaScope and Deluxe color, this was director Goulding's final film.

Despite generally good notices 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.


  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p251
  2. ^ Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p227

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