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Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  11 June 1938 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Morrow
Maurice Giraud
Duke 'Dukie' Dennis
Gloria Dickson ...
Mona Verdivere
Melville Cooper ...
Pierre aka Fernand LeBrec
Mabel Todd ...
Fritz Feld ...
Luis Leoni
Curt Bois ...
Edward Brophy ...
Mike Coogan (as Ed Brophy)
Victor Kilian ...
Georges Renavent ...
Gendarme (as George Renevant)
Armand Kaliz ...
Stage Manager
Maurice Cass ...
Mr. Vail
Doorman (as Eddie Anderson)


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 <>

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Some songs were written for the movie by Harry Warren, Johnny Mercer and Al Dubin but not used: "My Adventure", "Let's Drink to a Dream", "Waltz of the Flowers" and "Is It Possible You're Possessable" See more »


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Music by Harry Warren
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Ridiculous but enjoyable.
8 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Rudy Vallee is the leader of an orchestra and night club dance act that is struggling to stay in business. To make it worse, his ex-wife is trying to have him put in jail for failing to pay alimony. So, when an idiot (Hugh Herbert) accidentally invites him and his troop to a dance contest in Paris, Vallee jumps at the opportunity to attend. After all, they'll get paid just for attending--even if none of them know the ballet. So, he grabs a lady who does know ballet (Rosemary Lane) and they head to France. But, what they don't know is that the real ballet leader and his insane friend (Eddie Brophy) are actively in pursuit--as they want to punish them for taking their jobs. It's all clearly a silly case of mistaken identities--a very inconsequential but enjoyable plot. And, fortunately, two usually obnoxious actors (Hugh Herbert and Mabel Todd) are used sparingly throughout the film! As for the dancing, this was a bit of a surprise to me. Although Busby Berkeley is listed as the director of the musical numbers, there really isn't much dancing until the end of the film. It's more a musical--with quite a few nice numbers sung mostly by Vallee and a few odd but enjoyable novelty tunes. The songs are not great but are uniformly nice. As for the musical extravaganza at the end, it's pretty weird--even by Berkeley standards. You just have to see it to believe it...and then you might not! By wife's response to this number...'Good Lord!'.

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