Cinema: The New Pictures, Mar. 21, 1960

Can-Can (Suffolk-Cummings; 20th Century-Fox). "Immoral!" blustered Russia's Nikita Khrushchev, after he saw a cabaret scene from the $6,000,000 cinemusical during his visit to Hollywood (TIME, Sept. 28, 1959). Encouraged by Critic Khrushchev's generous prerelease publicity and confident of the picture's substantial "production values"—Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan, Todd-AO, and some fulgid color photography—Fox decided to release Can-Can as a reserved-seat ($1.50-$3.50) attraction, and expects it to do as well as Gigi did on the same basis. Unhappily, many U.S. moviegoers will discover that Russian standards in these matters...

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