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I Met Him in Paris (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 28 May 1937 (USA)
Kay Denham, romanced in Paris by friends Gene and George, can't figure out why George disapproves of Gene.

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George Potter
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Gene Anders
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Berk Sutter
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Helen Anders
George Davis ...
Snow Cutter Driver
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Swiss Hotel Clerk
Rudolph Anders ...
Romantic Waiter (scenes deleted) (as Rudolph Amendt)
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John Hanley
George Sorel ...
Hotel Clerk
Louis LaBey ...
Bartender
Egon Brecher ...
Emile - Upper Sled Run Tower Control
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Lower Sled Run Tower Control
Jacques Vanaire ...
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Eugene Borden ...
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Kay Denham is off for a 'fling' in Paris, leaving her staid suitor Berk behind. There, she meets two new suitors, Gene and George. Gene smooth-talks her into a junket to Switzerland, but George (with no illusions about his friend) appoints himself chaperone. Through a series of slapstick winter sports, Kay remains puzzled about George's disapproval of Gene...but there's a reason. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Conheci-o em Paris  »

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Paramount leased the land owned by a local Sun Valley silver prospector, Gus Anderson, for 500 dollars and built a movie set complete with a Swiss-like lodge the Andersons moved into after filming was completed. See more »

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When Kay Denham played by Claudette Colbert is stuck in the bobsleigh track the passing "bob" knocks off a chuck of the fake snow off the track. See more »

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Gene Anders: Do you mind if I tell you again that I love you?
Kay Denham: Go right ahead.
Gene Anders: Will you believe it?
Kay Denham: No. But I like it.
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I Met Him in Paris
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Helen Meinardi
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a later screwball comedy
29 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Claudette Colbert stars with Robert Young and Melvyn Douglas in "I Met Him in Paris" from 1937. The beautiful Colbert, as Kay Denham, is en route to Paris via ship, and it's her dream trip, her trip of a lifetime. She can't get her fiancé (Lee Bowman) out her stateroom fast enough. Ah, Paree.

We next see her miserable face when she's been in Paris for three days. She's realizing that she should not have come alone, and no one speaks English. Worse than all of that, no one has written to her. I lived in Europe and it's hard when you don't get mail.

Then, in the American Bar of the hotel, she meets two men, George Potter (Douglas) and Gene Anders (Young). They start spending time together, and while she likes Gene, she's not so sure about Potter.

The fact is, Potter disapproves of Anders. We soon learn why. When Anders invites Kay to Switzerland, Potter insists on coming along as chaperon.

I would say the film picks up once they reach Switzerland, because some of the scenes where they try different sports were hilarious. My favorite is when Kay falls off a luge and she's trying to get off the track, but the walls are curved and slick -- and another luge is coming. It was hysterical. They try another activity where they are on skis behind horses and each person holds the reins of their horse as the horses are galloping and they are screaming "Whoa!" They also ice skate and ski.

Directed by Wesley Ruggles, the film doesn't have any pace or much humor, again, until they reach Switzerland, and it's based on kind of a dumb premise. If Potter disapproves of Gene, why doesn't he tell Kay why? Why would he agree to go along as Gene tries to romance Kay?

Screwball comedies were on their way out when this was made, though there would still be some good ones, Bringing Up Baby and Merrily We Live coming to mind. They would find new life later on television. Unfortunately this falls short, despite a wonderful cast and beautiful scenery.


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