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Paris Blues (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 27 September 1961 (USA)
During the 1960s, two American ex-pat jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in-love with two American tourist girls.



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Cast overview:
Lillian Corning
Eddie Cook
Wild Man Moore
Connie Lampson
Marie Séoul
René Bernard
Moustache ...
Aaron Bridgers ...
Guy Pedersen ...
Bass Player
Michel 'Gypsy' Devigne


Ram Bowen and Eddie Cook are two expatriate jazz musicians living in Paris where, unlike the US at the time, Jazz musicians are celebrated and racism is a non-issue. When they meet and fall in love with two young American girls, Lillian and Connie, who are vacationing in France, Ram and Eddie must decide whether they should move back to the US with them, or stay in Paris for the freedom it allows them. Ram, who wants to be a serious composer, finds Paris too exciting and is reluctant to give up his music for a relationship, and Eddie wants to stay for the city's more tolerant racial atmosphere. Written by alfiehitchie

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A Love So Spectacular, So Personally Exciting, You Feel It Happening To You!


Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

27 September 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

París vive de noche  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Marlon Brando's Pennebaker Films co-produced, and Paul Newman was cast after Brando lost interest in the film. Marilyn Monroe was also considered for the Woodward role before she too lost interest. See more »


When Louis Armstrong and his band come into the club, the patrons are clapping to the wrong beat. The clapping on the pre-recorded soundtrack is on the second and fourth beats, while the patrons are seen clapping on the first and third beats. See more »


Lillian Corning: I'd like to give you a going away present. You may not like it, but I don't care. It's just this: you're never gonna forget me. You're gonna walk down the street of wherever you happen to be, you're gonna see me, even when you know I'm not there. And nobody is ever gonna be as right for you as I was for twelve days in Paris in the autumn 'cause that was your gift to me.
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Music by Duke Ellington
Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York on May 2 & 3, 1961.
Label - United Artists
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Paris Blues
23 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recommend this movie whole heartedly. Some will say that Paris Blues is about love, but I say it is about living life despite love. The movie made me remember that there was actually a time when people dressed well, gathered in smoke filled rooms, and listened to live music. Living in Paris in the 1920s and 30s must have been great-compared to our shabby times where fun is relative to the size of your TV and the number of people who are NOT there with you! There are many actors and actresses in this movie who did not go on to well deserved greatness, but their message is clear: When feeling forced to forsake yourself for the sake of love, choose yourself and you'll have both. Choose love and have neither.

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