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  1. 3. Since this is a musical that was made after the motion picture code was enforced, how might you imagine it might have been filmed or scripted differently if it had been pre-code? Give specific examples. Being French is the lure. Her accent is what sets her apart from the rest of the American actresses of the time. She or the stage show producer didn't need to use skin or words when her being foreign was enough to attract men. Casting was one way around the code. Foreign accents are sexy in themselves. That works for British and Italian actresses as well. And for male actors too. Slightly off topic discussing her character. An earlier post said she was 'ditzy'. Well, she goes from singing a man-hunter song to being swayed by, and finally gives in to a mans remote effort of persuasion with the flowers and note: "Meet me at the stage door". Her initial reaction is no, later it's yes. Pretty flowers and asking is all it takes, girls? (yeah, I'm male). She should be somewhat savy having traveled so far and having been in show business. In many other movies, you see the men arrive at the dressing room. In light of today's career destroying accusations, that may not have been a good practice then. Perhaps Zeigfeld had previous issues or just knew better or was being a proper gentleman. Or he was just being the big producer who expected everyone to come to him instead of being the star struck fan drawn to the bright star.
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