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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
Eric Blore ...
Francois
Ferdinand Munier ...
Morrisot
Walter Byron ...
Marquis René de Lac
Lumsden Hare ...
Gustave
Robert Greig ...
Henri
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
Perishot
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Monsieur Paulet
Georges Renavent ...
Premier of France
Phillip Dare ...
Victor
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...
Joseph
Barbara Leonard ...
Toinette
Olin Howland ...
Stage Manager
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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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Genres:

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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Trivia

Darryl F. Zanuck invited many songwriters to write songs for the production in a competition, and then let Maurice Chevalier select those he wanted to sing. Without hesitation, Chevalier chose the songs of Jack Meskill and Jack Stern. 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

Version of L'homme des Folies Bergère (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Rhythm of the Rain
(1935)
Music by Jack Stern
Lyrics by Jack Meskill
Sung by Maurice Chevalier and Ann Sothern at the show (uncredited)
Danced by chorus in elaborate settings
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a smashing musical about mistaken identity
22 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A double role for Maurice Chevalier here, as a performer at the Folies Bergeres plus a rich Baron he impersonates as part of his act. When misfortune hits the Baron, the performer finds an off-stage assignment which can only lead to fun for him and the audience.

Great musical numbers (especially Rhythm of the Rain and the finale with straw hats), strong casting (Ann Southern, Merle Oberon, and the hilarious Eric Blore), and a mixed identity plot which moves along with class and verve, 'Folies Bergere' is an extremely enjoyable example of Hollywood's 1930s flirtation with Europe.

Chevalier's last US role for more than a decade is perfect for him, and the dual roles showcase his acting skills as well as providing lots of chances for that old Gallic charm.


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