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Lynn Mason
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Snap
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Joe Ward
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Mabel McGuire aka The Duchess
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Oscar Baroque
Henry O'Neill ...
Duryea
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Jimmy
Gordon Westcott ...
Harry Brent
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Glenda
Etienne Girardot ...
Glass
William Burress ...
Feldman
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Mrs. Van Tyle
Spencer Charters ...
Man Removing Telephone
George Humbert ...
Caponelli
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Sherwood Nash is a swindler who bootlegs Paris fashions for sale at cut-rate prices. His assistant Lynn poses as An American interested in a dress and Snap conceals a camera in his cane. When they try to steal the latest Baroque designs hidden cameras capture them. Threat and counterthreat lead to the suggestion of putting on a legitimate show. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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'Eula Gay' is in studio records for the role "Cook" but does not appear in the movie. See more »


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My Man
Music by Maurice Yvain
French lyrics by Albert Willemetz and Jacques Charles
English lyrics by Channing Pollock
Performed by Phillip Reed
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Not much of a movie, despite the stars
4 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

By 1934, when this movie was made, First National had been absorbed by Warner Brothers and produced mostly small-budget movies, such as this one. It tells the story of a con artist (Powell) who goes to Paris with his artist (Davis) with the intent of copying the designs of the great houses of fashion so that they can sell them to department stores back in the States. Instead, when that doesn't work, they discover the inspiration for Paris' leading couturier, and open their own house of fashion, which has a brief success until things fall apart.

If the dates weren't wrong, you'd imagine this was a low-budget knock-off of Roberta, which deals with some of the same themes. It probably owed something to the 1933 musical behind that movie, such as the American woman who lives in Paris disguised as Eastern European royalty.

It has none of Roberta's elegance, though, either in its fashions or, more importantly, in the dancing and singing of its leads. The one big dance number doesn't involve any of the principals, just a lot of skimpily-clad women in ostrich feathers. During all the time the musical review is under rehearsal, you would swear you're in New York, and not Paris. Indeed, there is no effort at all to convince the audience that the action is really taking place in the French capital.

Powell and Davis are fine, Frank McCue and Hugh Herbert do their standard routines, which are better used in other movies. There's nothing memorable here, and nothing Parisian.


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