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Folies Bergère de Paris (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 22 February 1935 (USA)
An entertainer impersonates a look-alike banker, causing comic confusion for wife and girlfriend.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Eugene Charlier / Baron Fernand Cassini
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Baroness Genevieve Cassini
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Mimi
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Francois
Ferdinand Munier ...
Morrisot
Walter Byron ...
Marquis René de Lac
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Gustave
Robert Greig ...
Henri
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Perishot
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Monsieur Paulet
Georges Renavent ...
Premier of France
Phillip Dare ...
Victor
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Joseph
Barbara Leonard ...
Toinette
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Storyline

One night socialite banker Baron Cassini attends the stage show of Eugene Charlier, who resembles him and imitates him in his act. The Baron is attracted to Charlier's jealous stage partner Mimi, while Eugene has similar ideas about Baroness Genevieve. When financial reverses lead to the Baron's disappearance, his frantic partners enlist Charlier to impersonate him; Mimi picks that night to take the Baron up on his invitation; and that's just the beginning... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Musical

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22 February 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Folies Bergere  »

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Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The French version ("L'homme des Folies Bergère") was shot simultaneously with the English version. Ensemble scenes were probably shared by both versions, but because of the major cast and crew changes, it is considered a separate film. See more »

Quotes

Perishot: Please, Monsieur Charlier. You know that kissing is not hygienic. Doctors claim that millions die each year from kissing.
Eugene Charlier: [kissing Mimi] Oh, yes? But what a pleasant way to die! Darling, kill me quick!
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Connections

Alternate-language version of L'homme des Folies Bergère (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Singing a Happy Song
(1935)
Music by Jack Stern
Lyrics by Jack Meskill
Performed by Maurice Chevalier, Ann Sothern and chorus in the Straw Hat number (uncredited)
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Very pleasant but not one of Chevalier's best
24 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the early to mid 1930s, Maurice Chevalier made some exceptional American films such as LOVE ME TONIGHT and THE MERRY WIDOW. While I usually am not a fan of Jeanette MacDonald films, his presence elevated them to great heights thanks to his on screen personality and lovely singing voice. While this film is fun and is well worth seeing, it is clearly several steps below these other films in quality--mostly because the script is a tad silly. The main idea is a giant cliché. The audience is supposed to believe that there are two men who are unrelated who look and talk exactly alike. While such an idea worked pretty well in THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER and THE PRISONER OF ZENDA, here the writing wasn't good enough to enable many audience members to accept this idea--especially because the two are so exact that even a wife cannot tell the difference! If you can ignore the central idea as well as the film going on a bit too long and having too many Busby Berkeley-style dance numbers, you are left with a film that is still worth your time and is a little better than your standard time-passer.


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