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Bruce Manning (original story and screenplay) &
Felix Jackson (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
1 July 1938 (USA) See more »
Nicole has no job and is several weeks behind with her rent. Her solution to her problem is to try and snare a rich husband... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Very likable comedy with French star See more (10 total) »


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Danielle Darrieux ... Nicole de Cortillion

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Jim Trevor

Mischa Auer ... Mike the Head Waiter

Louis Hayward ... Bill Duncan
Helen Broderick ... Gloria Patterson
Charles Coleman ... Rigley
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mr. William Duncan Sr.

Nella Walker ... Mrs. Duncan

Harry Davenport ... Pop the Caretaker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin August ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Edward Biby ... Relative at Wedding (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Mr. Wright, Manager (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Opera House Usher (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Man at Dock (uncredited)
Carl Deloro ... Chef at Wedding (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Waiter (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Woman in Opera Box (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Jennifer Gray ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Paul Gustine ... Guest at Wedding (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Ship's Passenger (uncredited)
Henry Hebert ... Cousin George Morgan - Relative at Wedding (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... Man in Opera Box (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Assistant Manager (uncredited)
Hugh Huntley ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Alfred P. James ... Old Man (uncredited)
Sydney Jarvis ... Mr. Smythe - Canadian Club Patron (uncredited)
Jack W. Johnston ... Relative at Wedding (uncredited)
Emmett King ... Captain McMasters - Relative at Wedding (uncredited)

Charles Lane ... Department Head (uncredited)
W.E. Lawrence ... Steward / Doorman (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Phil MacKenzie ... Department Head (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Department Head (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Canadian Club Patron (uncredited)
Corbet Morris ... Secretary (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Cousin Theresa's Husband at Wedding (uncredited)
Leonard Mudie ... Uncle Eric (uncredited)
David Oliver ... Department Head (uncredited)
Lionel Pape ... Uncle Josephus (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott ... Landlady (uncredited)
Jason Robards Sr. ... Department Head (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Frances Robinson ... Outside Secretary (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Elevator Operator / Nightclub Dance Extra (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Opera Spectator (uncredited)
Beryl Wallace ... Model (uncredited)
Larry Wheat ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Cousin Theresa - Relative at Wedding (uncredited)
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Directed by
Henry Koster 
Writing credits
Bruce Manning (original story and screenplay) &
Felix Jackson (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Buddy G. DeSylva .... producer (as B.G. DeSylva)
Henry Koster .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Charles Henderson (uncredited)
Charles Previn (uncredited)
Frank Skinner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Joseph A. Valentine (director of photography) (as Joseph Valentine)
Film Editing by
Bernard W. Burton  (as Bernard Burton)
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
Production Management
Charles R. Rogers .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Shaw .... assistant director
Art Department
Richard H. Riedel .... associate art director
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound
William Hedgcock .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
Hans J. Salter .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Confessions of a Model" - USA (reissue title)
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78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (PCA #4204)

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Very likable comedy with French star, 6 March 2014
Author: SimonJack from United States

The title of this film, "The Rage of Paris," may seem to most viewers at first not to fit the plot. But with a premise that pops up occasionally in the movie, it soon dawns on one (this viewer, finally) that it refers to a theme of the film that a woman's drive in gay Paris should be to snag herself a wealthy husband. OK! So, that out of the way, we have here a very enjoyable comedy with some good early film stars. The plot is fun, the acting is very good, and the direction and sets are good.

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Louis Hayward are very good in their respective roles as Jim Trevor and Bill Duncan. Most moviegoers know about Fairbanks, but few people today probably remember the name Louis Hayward. He did have a short leading period in Hollywood and later moved to television, but his star never rose very high. Hayward was born in South Africa and educated in England. He came to the U.S. in 1935 for a Broadway play, and soon moved to Hollywood.

This is also one of the few American-produced films that stars Danielle Darrieux. This demure and versatile star of stage and screen was the leading actress in France for much of the eight decades during which she acted. Darrieux flew to Hollywood to make "The Rage of Paris" in 1938, and returned to France after it was released. She stayed there during the war and made three films through 1942, but nothing after the Nazi occupation. All were comedies. She resumed work in 1946, and has played starring roles in drama, suspense-thrillers, romance and comedies.

She appeared is some other notable English films – made in Great Britain or on the continent, so Americans and others may have seen her in some of these. "Five Fingers" was a great 20th Century Fox espionage thriller filmed around Europe. In 2002, at age 85, she won honors for her role in "8 Women," a musical comedy produced in French and English. Darrieux continued acting until 2010, at age 93.

One aspect of this film that stands out and is most enjoyable is the acting of the support cast. Mischa Auer played Mike, the head waiter. He was a Russian-born actor who had a distinguished film career, mostly in Europe, but with some films in the U.S. His English was quite good, and his accent was a natural for the many different supporting and leading roles he played as a man of various nationalities. He did mostly comedy films, but was equally good in serious roles.

Helen Broderick played Gloria Patterson. This long-time comedienne acted with some top stars over the years. She was best as the wisecracking sidekick of the lead female star – as in this film. Broderick was married to another vaudeville and stage performer, Lester Crawford. They were the parents of Oscar-winning actor Broderick Crawford (her last name and her husband's last name), who was born in 1911.

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