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That Girl from Paris (1936)

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Nikki Martin, a parisian opera star, takes off in search of adventure and true-love leaving her arranged husband to be at the alter. While hitchhiking, Nikki meets handsome American ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lily Pons ...
Nicole 'Nikki' Martin
Jack Oakie ...
Whammo Lonsdale
Gene Raymond ...
Windy McLean
Herman Bing ...
'Hammy' Hammacher
Claire 'Clair' Williams
Frank Jenks ...
Laughing Boy Frank


Nikki Martin, a parisian opera star, takes off in search of adventure and true-love leaving her arranged husband to be at the alter. While hitchhiking, Nikki meets handsome American musician, Windy McLean and his band the 'McLean Wildcats'. Windy immediately spites her, but Nikki falls in love with him and follows him to New York by stowing away on the ship his on. The steward finds her hiding in Windy and the Wilcats room. She is locked up by authorities and Windy and the band are fired. When the ship reaches New York, Nikki escapes off the ship and finds out the Wilcats apartment. They demand her to leave, fearing being implicated but she refuses. Clair, Windy girlfriend shows up with Hammacher, and offers the band a low paying job at a roadhouse in another city. Anxious to depart, they accept. Nikki becomes the bands singer. Clair becomes jealous and reports her to the authorities, causing the band to flee again... Written by Kelly

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Release Date:

1 January 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Parisiense  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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In the beginning of the film, Pons' character escapes her wedding in a non-supercharged 1936 Cord Phaeton. The Indiana-made car, which cost about $3,700 was rare even when new and exotic enough to look like it belonged in the movie which begins set in France. See more »


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Seal It with a Kiss
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Played on guitar by Jack Oakie and sung by Lily Pons with the studio orchestra
Reprised on saxophone by Gene Raymond
Reprised by the band and danced by Lily Pons, Jack Oakie, Mischa Auer,
Frank Jenks and Gene Raymond and sung by Pons
Reprised by the band at the end
Played as background music often
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An Entertaining 1930s Film
5 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't be put off by other negative critiques. Forget that Lily Pons was a highly regarded opera singer, or that somehow she condescended to appear in a movie. I don't know for sure, but I suspect that Pons was offered a great deal of money by RKO to make the three movies she made.

She gives a fine performance both acting and singing. The plot is typical 1930s fare, and I thought it amusing and better than average. I find Pons's characterization very charming.

As for Pons being tall and willowy, the lady was a petite 5 feet tall (see IMDb bio), but she sure had a superior voice in that little body. The "pop" tunes she was given to sing in this film were written with an operatic voice in mind, requiring a large range to sing.

No other mention has been given to Lucille Ball's very, very funny comedic dance. Her character is sabotaged with a pair of soaped-up dancing shoes, causing her to slip and fall every time she tries to dance. I've watched this over and over and I laugh out loud every time I see it. It takes a very good, well-trained dancer to be able to fall down as much and as well as she did.

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