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Writers:
Earl Baldwin (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
11 June 1938 (USA) See more »
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SONGS YOUR MOTHER NEVER TAUGHT YOU! FOUR - and all sure-fire! - I Wanna Go Back to Bali - A Stranger in Paree - The Latin Quarter - Day Dreaming (All Night Long) BY HARRY WARREN and AL DUBIN. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Some good music, numbers staged by Busby Berkeley, and mixed comedy make for passable entertainment. See more (8 total) »

Cast

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Rudy Vallee ... Terry Moore
Rosemary Lane ... Kay Morrow

Hugh Herbert ... Maurice Giraud

Allen Jenkins ... 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 ... Stage Manager
Maurice Cass ... Mr. Vail

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Doorman (as Eddie Anderson)
Rosella Towne ... Golddigger
Janet Shaw ... Golddigger

Carole Landis ... Golddigger
Peggy Moran ... Golddigger
Diana Lewis ... Golddigger
Lois Lindsay ... Golddigger
Poppy Wilde ... Golddigger
The Schnickelfritz Band ... Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Mower ... Waiter (scenes deleted)
Spec O'Donnell ... First Newsboy (scenes deleted)
Murray Alper ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Sam Ash ... French Clerk (uncredited)
Mickey Carroll ... Actor (uncredited)
André Cheron ... Government Man (uncredited)
Pedro de Cordoba ... Mons. Cambret (uncredited)
Georges De Gombert ... Mons. Callons (uncredited)
Charles De Ravenne ... Call Boy (uncredited)
Carlos De Valdez ... Second Government Man (uncredited)
Suzanne Dulier ... LeBrec's Secretary (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Musician (uncredited)
Ruth Eddings ... Girl on Ship (uncredited)
Freddie Fisher ... Freddie Fisher (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... French Dignitary (uncredited)
John Harron ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Al Herman ... Club Ballé Waiter (uncredited)
Charles Judels ... Barman (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Blonde Golddigger (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Mons. Galledet (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Theatregoer (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Second Gendarme (uncredited)
Jean Perry ... Third Gendarme (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Detective (uncredited)
Joseph Romantini ... Mons. Rambeau (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Jimmy - Club Ballé Waiter (uncredited)
Victoria Vinton ... Girl on Ship (uncredited)
Leo White ... Padrinsky's Pianist (uncredited)

Directed by
Ray Enright 
 
Writing credits
Earl Baldwin (screenplay) &
Warren Duff (screenplay)

Jerry Wald (story) &
Richard Macaulay (story) &
Maurice Leo (story)

Jerry Horwin (from an idea by) &
James Seymour (from an idea by)

Felix Ferry  contributing writer (uncredited)
Sig Herzig  contributing writer (uncredited)
Peter Milne  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Bischoff .... producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ray Heindorf (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George Barnes (musical numbers)
Sol Polito 
 
Film Editing by
George Amy 
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesse Hibbs .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound (as David Forrest)
C.A. Riggs .... sound
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestral arrangements
 
Other crew
Busby Berkeley .... dance numbers created and directed by
Gene Lewis .... dialogue director
 
Crew believed to be complete


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97 min
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Trivia:
Cast member Ethelreda Leopold was selected to appear at the Paris premiere of this film. Leopold was accompanied by her mother Gertrude.See more »
Soundtrack:
Daydreaming (All Night Long)See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Some good music, numbers staged by Busby Berkeley, and mixed comedy make for passable entertainment., 26 October 1998
Author: Arthur Hausner (ahausner16@gmail.com) from Pine Grove, California

The comedy here is supplied by Hugh Herbert, Edward Brophy, Allen Jenkins, Fritz Feld, Curt Bois and a sextet called the Schnickelfritz Band. I never could fully understand the appeal of Hugh Herbert, or any of the comedians who use stupidity for laughs. (Marie Wilson and Gomer Pyle come to mind.) Here, Herbert gets a wire telling him he's hired the wrong group to come to Paris for a dance exposition and is about to call out the riot squad when the bogus pair he hired convinces him, through a talking dog (via ventriloquism by Mabel Todd) that they are the right group. Now, some may think that's funny, but I prefer the savviness of Brophy, who always knows what's going on and whose comedy comes from his reactions and situations he's placed in. Here, he's a gangster patron of ballet, who cries at its beauty but has no hesitation in eliminating the enemies of his friends. He's dispatched to do just that in Paris and befriends Allen Jenkins, unaware that Jenkins the one he's looking for. Now that's funny. Brophy also has the face and demeanor which makes me laugh just by looking at him, a reaction I also get with Woody Allen. Bridging the musical and comedy aspects of this film is the Schnickelfritz band, a precursor of Spike Jones, doing some funny numbers while in funny positions. There's even a washboard in their musical instrument collection. Busby Berkeley creates and directs all the numbers in the movie. Although it's not his best work, it is mostly due to his constant battle with Warner Bros. to get bigger budgets for his numbers, something of which he complained about often. Still, they're fun to watch. A giant Navy hat engulfs the two dozen gorgeous chorus girls in what is the most spectacular musical sequence in the movie. "I Wanna Go Back to Bali" number was also extensively staged and equally as good. Rudy Vallee was top-billed and sings four of the songs in the movie and Rosemary Lane was the love interest, singing a couple of songs too. The plot is routine, with an on-again, off-again romance and a suspenseful ending which has the group about to be deported before they even perform in the contest.

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