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Paris Holiday (1958)

Comedian Bob Hunter is aided by his French counterpart Fernydel and two beautiful blondes when he is targeted for death by a powerful European counterfeiting ring.

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Robert Leslie Hunter
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Fernydel
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Zara
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Ann McCall
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Serge Vitry
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American Ambassador
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Storyline

American comedian Bob Hunter, on a luxury liner to France with French counterpart Fernandel, takes an interest in blonde diplomat Ann McCall while pursued by an even shapelier blonde, the mysterious Zara, who seems to be after something in Bob's possession. But he's only going to France to obtain rights to a new play...so what are Zara and her sinister boss after? The pursuit, amorous and larcenous, continues in Paris and escalates into a full-fledged comedy thriller. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The two top mirth makers of all time turn Paris upside down. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Romance

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9 May 1958 (USA)  »

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Férias em Paris  »

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Trivia

One of the few films that alternates first billing during the credits. Each of the four principal stars takes his/her turn at the top while the other three appear beneath them. The prolonged sequence begins and ends with Bob Hope's name first. See more »

Quotes

Robert Leslie Hunter: [after Fernydel covers his deck chair with a blanket] What's the cover charge?
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The film's title, producer and director credits come at the four minute mark, after cast, credits and opening scenes have already been shown. See more »

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Referenced in Shadows (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

PARIS HOLIDAY
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung behind credits by chorus
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Fernandel and Hope are a Great Comedy Team
18 January 2015 | by (Orlando, United States) – See all my reviews

There were so many spy spoofs in the 1960's that I think people don't get how fresh and original this spy spoof was in 1958.

The great French comedian and Bob Hope play off of each other wonderfully. It is amazing because neither spoke the other's language. Both have to resort to slapstick and pantomime. The first scene where they meet and Fernandel stares at Bob Hope's large nose and calls it "extraordinaire, formidable, and fantastique".

As a bonus, we get to see Anita Ekberg in a pre-La Dolce Vita role. She plays the femme fatale and steals every scene that she is in. A brief appearance by Preston Sturges is also a highlight.

I think a lot of people don't like the swift movement between sophisticated comedy and slap-stick. However I enjoyed the mixture. The hanging from a helicopter ending reminds one of many silent screen Keystone Cops crazy endings. I'm a fan of silent films, so I enjoyed it as an homage, but I can understand people dismissing it as weak and derivative.


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