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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
Gloria Dickson ...
Mona Verdivere
Melville Cooper ...
Pierre aka Fernand LeBrec
Mabel Todd ...
Leticia
Fritz Feld ...
Luis Leoni
Curt Bois ...
Padrinsky
Edward Brophy ...
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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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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Ted Healy was signed to be in Gold Diggers in Paris shortly before his death. See more »

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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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Follows Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929) See more »

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Daydreaming (All Night Long)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Rudy Vallee
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The Golden Road Ends
15 November 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The end of a musical era was marked with Gold Diggers In Paris. Shortly after this film, Busby Berkeley took his considerable choreographing talents over to MGM and no more films with Gold Diggers in the title would be coming from the Brothers Warner.

Before this film was made Dick Powell who was looking to say farewell to musicals altogether said he would not do another film with Gold Diggers in the title. So Rudy Vallee made yet another attempt to have the movie-going public accept him as a musical leading man.

The film's a good one, but it didn't work for Vallee once again. He would only gain acceptance as film star when Preston Sturges correctly utilized his acerbic personality in character roles.

Harry Warren and Al Dubin once again wrote some nice songs for Gold Diggers and Busby Berkeley weaved his usual choreographic fantasy. His numbers are the main attraction for Gold Diggers In Paris, especially the last song The Latin Quarter.

The plot was later reworked some in the later Doris Day film April In Paris where Doris as showgirl gets a visa by mistake to go to Paris as as a visiting artist. Here it's bumbling Hugh Herbert's mistake who instead of going to a ballet company goes to the Club Balle which is losing money and is the white elephant on owner Rudy Vallee's hands. This offer of an all expense paid trip to Paris is a lifesaver for Vallee and his troupe and if they have to learn ballet, they'll hire Fritz Feld as ballet master and so be it.

Vallee's love interest is Rosemary Lane of the Lane sisters and he also has Gloria Dickson an ex-wife whom he owes a lot of back alimony to. She's hanging around to protect her interest and then actually proves to be the smartest one in the cast. She gives the most memorable performance as well.

Gold Diggers In Paris is great musical entertainment with good songs and routines in delivering them, courtesy of a premier dance master, Busby Berkeley.


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