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Paris When It Sizzles (1964)

Paris - When It Sizzles (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 8 April 1964 (USA)
The sprightly young assistant of a Hollywood screenwriter helps him over his writer's block by acting out his fantasies of possible plots.

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Alexander Meyerheim (as Noel Coward)
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Hollywood producer Alexander Meyerheimer has hired drunken writer Richard Benson to write his latest movie. Benson has been holed up in a Paris apartment supposedly working on the script for months, but instead has spent the time living it up. Benson now has just two days to the deadline and thus hires a temporary secretary, Gabrielle Simpson, to help him complete it in time. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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GO ABSOLUTELY APE IN PARIS WHEN IT SIZZLES See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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8 April 1964 (USA)  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Curtis was a last-minute addition to the cast, apparently added to the film in much the same way in which he suddenly appears in the screenplay. See more »

Goofs

Gabrielle and Richard disturb the script page on the rug when dancing to "That Face," but it is in the old position later. See more »

Quotes

Richard: And this guy you've got a date with on Bastille Day, is he part of the growth process?
Gabrielle: Oh no, he's just a friend, a struggling young actor.
Richard: [outraged] An actor!
[disgusted]
Richard: Eww. A tragic relation to begin with. I only hope he's not one of those method actors that who scratches and mumbles and pauses a lot, thereby destroying the impeccable rhythm of the author's prose.
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Crazy Credits

Audrey Hepburn's perfume is credited to Hubert de Givenchy. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Wolf Man (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

That Face
Music by Lew Spence
Lyrics by Alan Bergman
Performed by Fred Astaire (Courtesy of Ava Records)
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Must See For Would-Be Writers
19 May 2002 | by (Missouri) – See all my reviews

If you are a wannabe writer, a writer or simply a fan of movie making or the art of writing, this film is a must see. It's not a perfect film. One wonders at times whether some of the rare serious moments in the movie, or the sugary sweet romance, were poorly written on purpose - but it doesn't matter because it all fits together wonderfully with the parody of bad movie writing, which is what this movie is about. Don't watch this film with anyone who is uncomfortable with unconventional movies, or who is an impatient nitpicker - they won't be happy. The biggest mistake in making this movie was probably the title, which is too misleading and not punchy enough for this genre. Interestingly, Orsen Wells wanted to direct this film but didn't get the job. It would have become a classic under his direction, but as it is now, it's just a silly, lighthearted (mostly), fun, risque, self-indulgent, and even didactic, film about the movie business.


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