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The Gay Parisian (1941)

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In a Paris nightclub setting, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo performs to the music of Jacques Offenbach.


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Complete credited cast:
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo ...
Léonide Massine ...
The Peruvian (as Leonide Massine)
Milada Mladova ...
The Glove Seller
Frederic Franklin ...
The Baron
Nathalie Krassovska ...
The Flower Girl
Andre Eglevsky ...
Tortoni - The Dancing Master
Lubov Roudenko ...
Can-Can Dancer
Casimir Kokitch ...
James Starbuck ...


At the Café Parisian during the can-can era, a young man, naïve but enthusiastic, arrives from Peru with two valises of money. He's immediately smitten by a lovely glove seller, who already receives attentions from a baron. The baron has additional admirers, including a florist whose beauty rivals that of the glover. Through dance, the lovers vie for each other's attention and affection while everyone can can-can. Written by <>

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Short | Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

2 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gaité parisienne  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the staircase's left side base, the ten foot tall torchiere-candelabra is a featured piece of set dressing. Two Baccarat crystal torchiere-candelabras, purchased in the 30s from the Baccarat factory in Lorraine, France, were shipped to the States for use in Jack L. Warner's estate. Too large in scale for the house, the two torchiere remained in Warner Brothers Property Department, packed in wooden crates. One of these Baccaract Crystal torchiere-candelabra was unpacked and used in the ballet set. Rarely released for an outside rental, the identical pair were used in the 70s for an NBC-TV Mitzi Gaynor musical special. Jack Warner had two full time decorator-buyers, covering European auctions and furniture galleries, acquiring pieces of furniture, tapestries, and paintings which would be used in his San Fernando Valley estate. Mrs. Warner, would schedule one or two rooms in their house, to be redecorated each year; she would co-ordinate with the two decorators each room's furniture style, period, and upholstery-drapery treatments. The rooms' used furniture removed and sent to the studio, added to Warner Property Department's inventory. See more »


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(1858) (uncredited)
from "Orphée aux enfers"
Written by Jacques Offenbach
Included in "Gaîté parisienne"
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A Peruvian In Gay Paree
11 September 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The movie moguls that ran the studios back in the day liked to make some pretense to culture. For that reason we are lucky in that so many classical artists got to show their stuff on film and are preserved for generations to see.

This is no less true of the ballet than for singing artists as well. For those who love the ballet, The Gay Parisian is filmed version of Leonide Massime's choreographed ballet in which he dances the title role of the Peruvian which he created. The story of the ballet is an eternal love triangle between the Peruvian visiting Paris who falls in love with the glove seller Mlada Madova who has the Baron, Frederic Franklin, who sees her as his personal property.

With the Ballet Russe company performing Massime did a marvelous not only in choreographing, but in selecting the proper music to reflect the Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec. The apache is performed and of course towards the end Offenbach's can-can is performed and worked nicely into the choreography.

The Gay Parisian got an Oscar nomination for Best Short Subject in 1941 and it holds up well today. For lovers of the ballet this is a must.

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