2 user 1 critic

Bachelor in Paris (1952)

Song of Paris (original title)
English businessman in Paris battles a French count for the heart of a cabaret artist.



(screenplay), (additional dialogue) | 2 more credits »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Skywatch (1960)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A comedy drama set in a WWII British Army Searchlight Squad. They are an odd bunch of misfits but somehow manage to get the job done.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Ian Carmichael, Tommy Steele, Benny Hill
Shop Spoiled (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

One day in the lives and loves of the staff in a large department store.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Joan Rice, Josephine Griffin, Freda Jackson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Henry Wrigley is happy writing stories for a children's' comic. Then he meets Miss Honey, who encourages him to go into minor crime.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Margaret Rutherford, Richard Hearne, James Robertson Justice
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Guy Rolfe, Lisa Daniely, Patricia Dainton
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: J. Lee Thompson
Stars: Dennis Price, Derek Farr, Patricia Plunkett
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Newly qualified surgeon takes the blame for his drug addict colleague after the death of their patient through neglect.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Tony Britton, Carl Möhner
Certificate: GP Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An affluent, middle-aged housewife in a failing marriage is romantically pursued by a young man while running errands in London.

Director: Alvin Rakoff
Stars: Jean Simmons, Leonard Whiting, Evelyn Laye
Murder at 3am (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A police detective suspects that his sister's boyfriend is a murderer.

Director: Francis Searle
Stars: Dennis Price, Peggy Evans, Philip Saville
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  
Director: Maclean Rogers
Stars: Hy Hazell, Harry Secombe, Michael Bentine
Four Days (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The bored wife of a business man has an affair with one of his employees.

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: Hugh McDermott, Kathleen Byron, Peter Reynolds
Tormenta (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Alfonso Acebal, John Guillermin
Stars: Linda Christian, José Marco Davó, Tito Junco
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Tribulations of inept reservists who find a fortnight's training an unwelcome interruption.

Director: Maurice Elvey
Stars: Tommy Trinder, Mary Parker, Dora Bryan


Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Ibbetson
Comte Marcel de Sarliac
Mrs. Ibbetson
Joan Kenny ...
Jenny Ibbetson
Brian Worth ...
Jim Barrett
Michael Ward ...
Richard Wattis ...
Kynaston Reeves ...
Roger Maxwell ...
Marcel Poncin ...
Tony Quinn ...
Bernard Rebel ...
Andreas Malandrinos ...


English businessman in Paris battles a French count for the heart of a cabaret artist.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


It's an Eyeful in Gay Paree!




See all certifications »




Release Date:

17 April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bachelor in Paris  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Finnish censorship visa register number 42581 delivered on 9-6-1955. See more »


During the duel scene, each contestant fires his six-shooter at least fifteen times. See more »


Let's Stay Home
Written by Francis Lopez
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Boulevard comedy
13 November 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Just a song of Paris, Music made for two, Brings me sweetest mem'ries, Memories of you!" The quality of the lyric of the title-song is broadly indicative of the quality of the film. That said, it is not a romance, but definitely a comedy, albeit one with a few (not very credible) romantic moments.

Matthew Ibbetson (Dennis Price) is a rather prim young man who has recently succeeded his father as head of a family firm producing patent medicines. Concerned about falling sales in France, he visits Paris and becomes enamoured of Clémentine (Anne Vernon), a cabaret singer. Shortly afterwards, she turns up in London and asks him to set her up in an apartment. Not the sort to contemplate keeping a mistress, Matthew thinks he ought to marry Clémentine, but he anticipates opposition from his overbearing mother (Hermione Baddeley). Worse still, an absurdly jealous old admirer (Mischa Auer) follows the singer from Paris, vowing melodramatically to kill his rival. Farcical incidents ensue.

"Song of Paris" falls between two stools. The farce is not sufficiently sustained to induce real hilarity, while the wit is never sharp enough for the piece to succeed as light comedy. In the last ten minutes or so, the silliness of the humour abruptly moves up a gear (and failed to carry me along with it, so the end did not come too soon). I see that Frank Muir and Denis Norden had a hand in the script. The cheerfully unsubtle tone does indeed recall 1950s radio comedy, and, for all its efforts to evoke the ambiance of 'Gay Paree,' the film is every bit as primly English as Mr Ibbetson. At first, Clémentine comes across as a good-natured courtesan, interested in the foreigner chiefly on account of his wealth. Once in London, however, she turns into a 'nice' girl who wants to get married and settle down – when the film might have been funnier had she retained more of her original character.

Dotted through the film are three or four songs. Clémentine sits at the piano, waves her hands over the keyboard, and the sound of an orchestra comes from nowhere to support her vocalising. Musical interludes of this kind seem to have been popular in the 1950s. Nowadays they seem embarrassingly phoney.

"Song of Paris" raises the occasional smile. No film can be all bad that has such standard British comic turns of the era as Kynaston Reeves as a vicar and Richard Wattis as a civil servant. Dennis Price, Hermione Baddeley, and Mischa Auer are all proficient comic actors, moreover, who do their best with the material given them - which only makes the viewer wish they'd been given something better. Ibbetson is perhaps too naïve a character to suit Price's talents; just a few years later the role would surely have gone to Ian Carmichael.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Bachelor in Paris (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: