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Paris Model (1953)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  10 November 1953 (USA)
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The story of a dress and the effects it has on the women who wear it begs the question of where is O.Henry when he is needed. "Nude at Midnight", a new and daring Paris style creation is ... See full summary »

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Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jack Oakie
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marilyn Maxwell ...
Marion Parmalee
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Betty Barnes
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Gogo Montaine
Barbara Lawrence ...
Marta Jensen
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Patrick J. 'P.J.' Sullivan
Robert Hutton ...
Charlie Johnson
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Edgar Blevins
Tom Conway ...
Maharajah of Kim-Kepore
Aram Katcher ...
Louis-Jean Vacheron
Florence Bates ...
Mrs. Nora Sullivan
Gloria Christian ...
Cora Blevins
El Brendel ...
Papa Jensen
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Prince Romanoff (as Prince Michael Romanoff)
Laurette Luez ...
Lisa
Bibs Borman ...
Berta Courtallez
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The story of a dress and the effects it has on the women who wear it begs the question of where is O.Henry when he is needed. "Nude at Midnight", a new and daring Paris style creation is worn by Gogo Mantaine to try and ensnare the Rajah of Kim-Kepore but he is attracted to Lisa, the girl who modeled the dress. Marion Parmelee dons the gown to charm her husband's retiring (as in quitting) boss, Patrick James Sullivan, into letting her husband, Jack Parmelee take over the business, but the boss' wife Nora, who really runs the business, has other ideas. The same model dress is worn by Betty Barnes, in an effort to attract her boss, lawyer Edgar Blevins, who is married to a dowdy wife, Cora, but the wife turns up wearing the same dress. Marta Jensen uses the dress to inveigle her reluctant sweetheart, Charlie Johnson into a marriage proposal. Since she also attracts the Rajah, her options expand. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Gets the shock of her life from the boss' wife! - Paulette Goddard. See more »

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Cecil Kellaway, Robert Hutton, Leif Erickson, Tom Conway and those Paris Models. See more »

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I feel sorry for those involved
3 June 2010 | by (The South) – See all my reviews

TCM showed this film in a tribute to Paulette Goddard and the 100th anniversary of her birth. What a lousy film. I guess it's supposed to be a comedy but I didn't laugh one time.

It a collection of vignettes about different women who buy & wear a particular dress to help them achieve goals. The first story, starring Eva Gabor, is about a woman who uses rich men to attain a certain lifestyle. The second, starring Goddard, is about a secretary trying to woo her boss away from his shrew of a wife. The third, starring Marilyn Maxwell, is about a woman trying to get her husband a promotion. The fourth, starring Barbara Lawrence, is about a girl turning 21 who is trying to get a marriage proposal out of her long time boyfriend. The men this dress is supposed to "seduce" are Tom Conway, Leif Erickson, Cecil Kellaway (?), and Robert Hutton. And the dress isn't even all that great. It's a horrible premise for the film, or at least it wasn't used in the correct way. The dress starts off as couture and ends up as a purchase from a Thrift Shop.

The actors, especially the women, deserved better. Oh, and on top of all this, somehow Prince Michael Romanoff, the owner of the eponymous restaurant, got a small part in the film. What a waste--of time, talent and imagination. Skip it unless you're a completist for any of these people.


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