Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  20 June 1939 (USA)
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A Midwesterner waitress, scheming to gold-dig her way to Paris, gets mixed up with a wealthy New York family.



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Cast overview:
Jenny Swanson
Olaf Brand
Tom Brand
Joan Perry ...
Sylvia Brand
Caroline Brand
Stanley Brown ...
Ted Dayton Jr.
Alexander D'Arcy ...
Henry Hunter ...
Dennis Jeffers
Clarence Kolb ...
Ted Dayton Sr.
Howard C. Hickman ...
Jeffers - Brand's Butler


Jenny Swanson, a waitress on a college campus, confides to English Professor Ronald Brooke that she is willing to gold-dig and blackmail her way to a Paris vacation. Her journey lands her in the New York home of Brooke's future in-laws: the wealthy and fractious Brand family. Jenny charms grandpa Olaf, and seems on her way to landing a rich suitor but her conscience and her heart may lead her in another direction... Written by L. Hamre

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A girl's gotta be good to get to Paris - Good and Smart! (Trade paper ad). See more »




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20 June 1939 (USA)  »

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Good Girls Go to Paris, Too  »

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Columbia Pictures production number 42. See more »


Ronald Brooke: Is this girl a friend of yours?
Jenny Swanson: I wish she was.
Ronald Brooke: Good heavens, why?
Jenny Swanson: Maybe she could tell me how to do it.
Ronald Brooke: Do what?
Jenny Swanson: Go to Paris!
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Talent wasted
9 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joan Blondell saved many a movie. Here, as the star, she tries hard, but she is given lines which change her character from minute to minute. The lines are seldom funny. She was always at her best, both early and late in her career, as the brassy city broad, cynical, but with a heart of gold. She doesn't have this kind of role here. Her gold digging ambitions are out of character and are only a minor plot device. Melvin Douglas is Melvin Douglas, urbane, sophisticated, with a dry wit, but no witty lines at all. Walter Connelly, as usual, shouts his lines, but none of them are funny.

The good films of this type seem effortlessly written and performed. This kind of film shows, by its failures, just how great an effort those good films required.

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