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Innocents in Paris (1953)

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A selection of passengers catch the plane from London for an early 1950's weekend in Paris. The Scotsman in his kilt, the elderly lady painter, the international negotiator, and the pretty ... See full summary »

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Sir Norman Barker
Ronald Shiner ...
Dicky Bird
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Susan Robbins
Margaret Rutherford ...
Gwladys Inglott
Claude Dauphin ...
Max de Lonne
Jimmy Edwards ...
Captain George Stilton
James Copeland ...
Andy MacGregor
Gaby Bruyère ...
Josette (as Gaby Bruyere)
Monique Gérard ...
Raymonde (as Monique Gerard)
Peter Illing ...
Panitov
Colin Gordon ...
Customs Officer
Kenneth Kove ...
Bickerstaff
Frank Muir ...
A hearty man
Philip Stainton ...
Nobby Clarke
Peter Jones ...
Langton
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A selection of passengers catch the plane from London for an early 1950's weekend in Paris. The Scotsman in his kilt, the elderly lady painter, the international negotiator, and the pretty young girl all find the city welcomes them and changes their lives in some way. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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WICKED, WONDERFUL PARIS...From its Garrets to its Wonderful Cabarets

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Adventure | Comedy

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4 December 1953 (Finland)  »

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Allt kan hända i Paris  »

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When Panitov is first bought a vodka by Sir Norman, he downs it in one. The shot changes and the Russian's arm does not move - but on the soundtrack we hear the glass bang down on the bar. See more »

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A drab film with little on the agenda other than showing Paris in a good light
4 December 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A politician looking to negotiate with his Russian counterpart, a Scotsman on holiday, a military musician on tour, an Englishwoman looking to express herself artistically and several other people share a commercial flight over the water to Paris, France. Once there their experiences range from the romantic to the absurd, from the creative to the political.

I don't always agree with Tedg's reviews. No, scratch that, I don't always understand Tedg's reviews but on this title I think he nailed it when he mentioned that the film was made at a time where the foreign view of France was less than great and that those in power had committed to changing this. I was unsure reading it and I'm still not sure if his history is true or not but, watching the film for myself, I can certainly see no other reason for it existing other than promoting Paris as a place that is for more than just sympathising with invading armies.

The entertainment value is certainly close to nil and it is disappointing given the talent involved. The plot is a collection of stories that are only joined by the fact that the characters all travelled to Paris on the same plane. None of the threads are really that interesting or entertaining and, with only one or two funny moments in the entire thing, I did tire of it long before the end. With this being the situation the cast are all wasted. Sim is occasionally amusing but the material is way below him and it shows in his performance – at times he seems unable to really pick it up at all. Rutherford is no better but at least her dialling it in is distracting enough in her usual style. Shiner, Edwards, Copeland, Bloom, Dauphin and so on are all wasted and have nothing to work with and thus their performances are are allowed to be worth much.

Overall a pointless and uninteresting film that is all the more disappointing when you consider the talent involved in making it. I'm not sure why it was made if the "promote Paris" thing is not true because I certainly found no other reason for a studio expecting an audience to watch this.


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