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Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 11 June 1938 (USA)
Owners and show girls of the bankrupt Club Ballé are mistaken for the Academy Ballet of America and are off to Paris to compete in an International Dance Exposition.

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Kay Morrow
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Maurice Giraud
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Duke 'Dukie' Dennis
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Mona Verdivere
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Pierre aka Fernand LeBrec
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Leticia
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Luis Leoni
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Padrinsky
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Mike Coogan (as Ed Brophy)
Victor Kilian ...
Gendarme
Georges Renavent ...
Gendarme (as George Renevant)
Armand Kaliz ...
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Maurice Cass ...
Mr. Vail
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Doorman (as Eddie Anderson)
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When the representative of the Paris International Dance Exposition arrives in New York to invite the Academy Ballet of America to compete for monetary prizes, the taxi driver mistakenly brings him to the Club Ballé, a nightclub on the brink of declaring bankruptcy. The owners, Terry Moore and Duke Dennis, jump at the chance to go, despite being aware of the mistake. They hire ballet teacher, Luis Leoni, and his only pupil, Kay Morrow, to join the group, hoping to teach their two dozen show girls ballet en route to Paris by ship. Also going along and rooming with Kay is Mona, Terry's ex-wife, who wants to keep an eye on her alimony checks. Naturally, Kay and Terry fall in love. After the ship is underway, Padrinsky, the head of the real ballet academy, reads about the departure and also heads to Paris, bringing with him his ballet loving gangster patron, Mike Coogan, with orders to eliminate the pair of imposters. Things look bleak for Terry as Kay becomes angry and severs her ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcan.net>

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Cast member Ethelreda Leopold was selected to appear at the Paris premiere of this film. Leopold was accompanied by her mother Gertrude. See more »

Quotes

Terry Moore: [upon finding Mona has had him arrested] Mona, have you gone out of your mind?
Mona Verdivere: Yes, I'm as dumb as a fox.
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Listen to the Mockingbird
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Music by Richard Milburn
Lyrics by Septimus Winner
Performed by the Schnickelfritz Band
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Borrowed gold
17 August 2012 | by (Baltimore MD) – See all my reviews

Why do I think that this project -- scripted by a small legion of writers and storysmiths -- wasn't originally conceived as a Gold Diggers project. But the glittering title had been dormant for a while and maybe it could con a few more moviegoers into plunking down their silver. At least it had Busby Berkeley's choreography. Despite the fact that Rudy Vallee is no Dick Powell, Rosemary Lane is no Joan Blondell and the story has enough holes to drive a double-decker tour bus through, it's surprisingly entertaining. And Berkeley's high-stepping Parisian finale, while not as heady as "My Forgotten Man" or "Lullaby of Broadway" is a synchronized marvel. There's also a surprising pleasure -- the Schnickelfritz Band, a wonderfully lunatic musical aggregation who combine dixieland jazz and slapstick. It's almost worth watching just for these musical maulers who preceded and may well have inspired Spike Jones.


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