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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Eugene Charlier / Baron Fernand Cassini
Baroness Genevieve Cassini
Ferdinand Munier ...
Walter Byron ...
Marquis René de Lac
Robert Greig ...
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Monsieur Paulet
Georges Renavent ...
Premier of France
Phillip Dare ...
Barbara Leonard ...
Stage Manager


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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Release Date:

22 February 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Folies Bergere  »

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(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play "The Red Cat" by Hans Adler opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 19 September 1934 but closed after 13 performances. In the cast were Porter Hall, Barnett Parker and Gerald Oliver Smith. Fox Studios head Darryl F. Zanuck financed the short Broadway run of the play, so he could buy the movie rights. See more »


Eugene Charlier: That's an old Chinese proverb. If it's not, it should be.
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Version of On the Riviera (1951) See more »


Music by Henri Christiné
Lyrics by Albert Willemetz
English lyrics by Herbert Reynolds (uncredited)
Performed by Maurice Chevalier in French at the show (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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