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Writer:
Charles Chaplin (written by)
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Release Date:
4 November 1923 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A kept woman runs into her one-time fiancé and finds herself torn between love and comfort. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Parisian Melodrama See more (30 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edna Purviance ... Marie St. Clair

Clarence Geldart ... Her Step-Father (as Clarence Geldert)
Carl Miller ... Jean Millet
Lydia Knott ... His Mother
Charles K. French ... His Father (as Charles French)

Adolphe Menjou ... Pierre Revel
Betty Morrissey ... Fifi
Malvina Polo ... Paulette
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nellie Bly Baker ... Masseuse (uncredited)
Henry Bergman ... Head Waiter (uncredited)

Charles Chaplin ... Station Porter (uncredited)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Boy (uncredited)
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Stella De Lanti ... Revel's Fiancée (unconfirmed) (uncredited)
Jean de Limur ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)

Charles Farrell ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Mannequin (uncredited)
Karl Gutman ... Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
James A. Marcus ... Tramp (uncredited)
Harry Northrup ... Revel's Valet (uncredited)
Granville Redmond ... Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Philip Sleeman ... Gigolo (uncredited)
Arthur Stibolt ... Cook (uncredited)
A. Edward Sutherland ... Cook (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin 
 
Writing credits
Charles Chaplin (written by)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (1976)
Louis F. Gottschalk (uncredited)
Fritz Stahlberg (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Roland Totheroh (uncredited)
Jack Wilson (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Monta Bell (uncredited)
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Arthur Stibolt (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
A. Edward Sutherland .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Wilson .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eric James .... music associate (1976 version)
Eric Rogers .... music orchestrated and conducted by
Eddy Joseph .... music editor (1976 version) (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Toraichi Kono .... driver: Mr. Chaplin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Monta Bell .... literary editor (uncredited)
Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast .... researcher (uncredited)
Jean de Limur .... researcher (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"A Woman of Paris: A Drama of Fate" - USA (original title)
"A Drama of Fate" - Europe (English title) (imdb display title), International (imdb display title), International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
USA:78 min (1976 release)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (1978 re-release) | Silent
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Germany:o.Al. | Spain:T | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
This was Charles Chaplin's second critical failure, after his short film Sunnyside (1919). That short was re-issued with a new score with this film in 1977.See more »
Quotes:
[Intertitle]:Time heals, and experience teaches that the secret of happiness is in service to others.See more »
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Parisian Melodrama, 2 August 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I was looking in Charlie Chaplin's memoirs and I found that his original idea for the plot of A Woman Of Paris came from pillow talk with Peggy Hopkins Joyce involving one of her former boyfriends, a French publisher. From this came Charlie's idea to direct, but not appear in a film and hopefully make his long time leading lady from slapstick comedy, Edna Purviance a major dramatic star.

The reason given for the non-success of A Woman of Paris is usually given as the fact that people bought tickets and were disappointed that they did not see a Charlie Chaplin comedy. Probably on the silent screen, star images were even more fixed in people's minds than they were when sound came in.

But seeing it today it really does go overboard into melodrama. Edna's a simple country girl who loves Carl Miller, a struggling artist. Some blind mischances of fate and she winds up the paid woman of Parisian rake Adolphe Menjou. It's the tragedy of one romantic and the salvation of sorts for the other that are the basis of the story.

You couldn't make a film like it today, audiences would just laugh at it. In 1923 audiences were looking for laughs attached to the Chaplin name and found none. Edna does a fine job, but the public would not accept her in a drama. Adolphe Menjou as the rake comes off best in the cast.

The film ironically enough was Chaplin's first for the newly formed United Artists of which he was a quarter interest partner. After this one failed at the box office, he went back to cranking out the comedies we expected from him.

Back when I was working person at New York State Crime Victims Board, I had a claimant named Wayne Purviance who was the victim of an anti-gay bias attack in 1982. It was a crime that galvanized the GLBT people of New York City, this person in particular. Wayne was the grand nephew of Edna Purviance.

He's no longer among the living, but to you Wayne Purviance who took some real blows for millions of people, this review is lovingly dedicated to you and your wonderful aunt.

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