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Director:
Writers:
Geza Herczeg (based on the play by) &
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Release Date:
31 March 1934 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Warner Bros.' Wonder Show of the Century!
Plot:
Harry and Inez are a dance team at the Wonder Bar. Inez loves Harry, but he is in love with Liane, the wife of a wealthy business man... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
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User Reviews:
Americans in Paris See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Al Jolson ... Al Wonder

Kay Francis ... Liane

Dolores del Rio ... Inez (as Dolores Del Rio)

Ricardo Cortez ... Harry

Dick Powell ... Tommy
Guy Kibbee ... Simpson
Ruth Donnelly ... Mrs. Simpson

Hugh Herbert ... Pratt

Louise Fazenda ... Mrs. Pratt
Hal Le Roy ... Himself
Fifi D'Orsay ... Mitzi
Merna Kennedy ... Claire
Henry O'Neill ... Richard - the Maitre'd
Robert Barrat ... Captain Hugo Von Ferring
Henry Kolker ... Mr. R.H. Renaud
Spencer Charters ... Pete
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Hayle ... Fat Dowager (scenes deleted)
Demetrius Alexis ... Young Man (uncredited)
William Anderson ... Call Boy (uncredited)
Loretta Andrews ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Louis Ardizoni ... Leon - the Cook (uncredited)
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Drunk (uncredited)
Emile Chautard ... Pierre - the Concierge (uncredited)
Clay Clement ... Businessman (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Second Waiter (uncredited)
Virginia Dabney ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Michael Dalmatoff ... Russian Count (uncredited)

Jane Darwell ... Baroness (uncredited)
Gordon De Main ... Second Detective (uncredited)
Mildred Dixon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Shirley Dunstead ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ruth Eddings ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... Norman - Man Flirting with Pansy (uncredited)
Pauline Garon ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Dick Good ... Page Boy (uncredited)
William Granger ... First Bartender (uncredited)
Robert Graves ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Mia Ichioka ... GeeGee (uncredited)
Amo Ingraham ... Hazel - a Chorus Girl (uncredited)

George Irving ... Broker (uncredited)
Alfred P. James ... Night Watchman (uncredited)
Bud Jamison ... Third Bartender (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Frank (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Captain (uncredited)
Joseph La Gue ... Boy (uncredited)
Miriam Marlin ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
John Marlowe ... Young Man (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Doorman (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Joe (uncredited)
Marie Moreau ... Marie - Liane's Maid (uncredited)
Mahlon Norvell ... Artist (uncredited)
Dave O'Brien ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Second Bartender (uncredited)
Gene Perry ... Gendarme (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Chester - Norman's Pal (uncredited)
Donna Mae Roberts ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Rosalie Roy ... Irma - a Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... First Waiter (uncredited)
Kathryn Sergava ... Ilka (uncredited)
William Stack ... Businessman (uncredited)
Victoria Vinton ... Chorus Girl / Cinderella in 'Don't Say Goodnight' (uncredited)
Renee Whitney ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Harry Woods ... First Detective (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lloyd Bacon 
 
Writing credits
Geza Herczeg (based on the play by) &
Karl Farkas (based on the play by) and
Robert Katscher (based on the play by)

Earl Baldwin (adaptation and screen play)

Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Amy (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
Willy Pogany 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William H. Cannon .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
L. De Angelis .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Flanagan .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Mike Joyce .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Buddy Longworth .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Al Dubin .... music and lyrics by
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Harry Warren .... music and lyrics by
Ray Heindorf .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Busby Berkeley .... numbers created and directed by
Robert Lord .... supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
84 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2699-R) (22 September 1936 for re-release) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
As an example of the confusion between the corporate identities of Warner Bros. and First National (the studio created by theatre owners which Warners had taken over in 1928 to acquire its theatre chains), the credits of "Wonder Bar" identify the film as a First National production, but the original trailer (included as a bonus item on the Warner Archive DVD) identifies it as a Warner Bros. production.See more »
Quotes:
Al Wonder:[rolls eyes as two men dance off together] Boys will be boys, woooo!See more »
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Love Me AgainSee more »

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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Americans in Paris, 1 December 2000
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

WONDER BAR (First National, 1934), directed by Lloyd Bacon, is a perfect example of a pre-code movie that dares to be daring and surprisingly different. It's one of the most elaborate musicals to star Al Jolson, with choreography by the Million Dollar Dance Director, Busby Berkeley.

Jolson, in his first Warner Brothers musical after a four year absence, fits his role to perfection as Al Wonder, entertainer and proprietor of The Wonder Bar night club in Paris. In a plot set in a single evening (as does Universal's forgotten 1932 drama, NIGHT WORLD starring Lew Ayres and Mae Clarke, with Boris Karloff as the night club proprietor, which featured one brief Busby Berkeley production number), Al loves the star dancer, Ynez (Dolores Del Rio), who loves her partner, Harry (Ricardo Cortez), but he is carrying on an affair with a businessman's wife, Liane (Kay Francis), etc. Also in the cast are Dick Powell Tommy, the band-leader and singer who also loves Ynez; Robert Barrat as the suicidal Russian; Hugh Herbert and Guy Kibbee as married drunk American businessmen who flirt with a couple of gold diggers (Merna Kennedy and Fifi Dorsay), while their wives (Ruth Donnelly and Louise Fazenda) try to make a play with a young Frenchman. Interesting that this movie includes so much plot and subplot in its tight 86 minutes that director Lloyd Bacon succeeds in keeping the story moving in between songs.

WONDER BAR features some very risqué dialog and scenes that would have kept this movie from being released had it been distributed to theaters after the Production Code enforcement in May 1934. Maybe that's why WONDER BAR played sporadically on local television back in the 1960s, and disappeared before the end of the decade, making it as underplayed as the excellent back-stager 42nd STREET (Warners, 1933) was overplayed. Good tunes by Harry Warren and Al Dubin include "Vive La France," "Why Do I Dream Those Dreams?" and the instrumental tango dance titled "Tango Del Rio." One of the highlights include the production number: "Don't Say Goodnight" (sung by Powell), featuring dancers with overhead angles, which is so mesmerizing to see and tuneful to hear, even at ten minutes. But while the 12 minute Jolson finale, "Goin' to Heaven on a Mule" might offend today's viewers, it is quite a production number just the same, inspired by Marc Connelly's "The Green Pastures," which needs to be seen to be believed. Participating in this number is Hal LeRoy in a brief tap-dance sequence.

While Al Jolson is hailed as a great singer but poor actor, which is evident in some of his earlier film roles, notably SAY IT WITH SONGS (WB, 1929), I feel his acting has improved with this one, and the subsequent roles that were to follow, and he looks more at ease making wisecracks and singing to an audience than giving tearful performances, especially in black-face. His argumentative scene with Ricardo Cortez, in which they play rivals who hate each other, looks so real that maybe they actually hated each other off-screen. When Cortez as Harry puffs cigarette smoke in Al's eyes, it appears as if Al really wanted to sock him. One wonders how WONDER BAR was behind the scenes amongst the other cast members.

WONDER BAR is available for viewing on Turner Classic Movies and video cassette. A record soundtrack to this, double featured with songs from GO INTO YOUR DANCE from the late 1970s, would be an interesting find today. (***)

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