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April in Paris (1952)

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Miss Ethel 'Dynamite' Jackson is a chorus girl who mistakingly receives an invitation from the State Department to represent the American theatre at an arts exposition in Paris, France. ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Ethel S. 'Dynamite' Jackson
S. 'Sam' Winthrop Putnam
Claude Dauphin ...
Philippe Fouquet
Eve Miller ...
Marcia Sherman
George Givot ...
Paul Harvey ...
Secretary Robert Sherman
Herbert Farjeon ...
Joshua Stevens
Wilson Millar ...
Sinclair Wilson
Raymond Largay ...
Joseph Welmar
John Alvin ...
Jack Lomas ...
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Miss Ethel 'Dynamite' Jackson is a chorus girl who mistakingly receives an invitation from the State Department to represent the American theatre at an arts exposition in Paris, France. There's only one problem, the invitation was meant for Miss Ethel Barrymore. Meanwhile, S. Winthrop Putnam, the bureaucrat who made the mistake tries unsuccessfully to correct his mix-up. It's too late, for Dynamite Jackson is off to Paris, where the two meet and marry, or so they think! Written by Kelly

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Sparkling as Champagne! The Year's Musical Eye-ful!


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Release Date:

17 April 1953 (Denmark)  »

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April in Paris  »

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(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Doris Day writes in her autobiography that she only encountered trouble or tension on two of her Warner Bros. films, "Young at Heart" and "April in Paris". On "Paris", she writes that leading man Ray Bolger and director David Butler clashed early on, with Butler accusing Bolger of trying to steal scenes away from Day. Doris says that, being a relative newcomer to films, she was unaware of Bolger's tricks and managed to stay out of the line of fire. See more »


Near the end, when Doris Day "stomps" on Ray Bolger's foot, she doesn't hit even close to his foot. See more »


Ethel S. 'Dynamite' Jackson: It's no use, Philippe. I'm in love with the man I married. And he's not even my husband!
Philippe Fouquet: Even in Paris, that's an unusual situation.
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Referenced in Dallas: April in Paris (1990) See more »


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Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Doris Day and Ray Bolger
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Talent trumps material
6 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Doris Day is fun in this movie. Her smile lights up the screen, her rendition of the title song is not corny- it is terrific. Her dancing is vivacious and guaranteed to brighten up your day.

Bolger's dancing is a bit vaudevillian but has a happy uniqueness that is very watchable. Many of his moves are like a series of "controlled falls" that require tremendous balance- this is harder than it looks. On the other hand some of his dance is very above-average tap or two-step. Overall he seems to combine a lot into his different routines. As a bonus, his acting is not bad and better than you might expect.

This film suffers from cheapness and a nothing plot, but is overcome by exceptional talent and charm by all the cast. Who cares if it is cheap and set-bound? The results are entertaining and that's the true bottom line.

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