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Paid to Love (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 23 July 1927 (USA)
An American banker goes to a small Balkan country looking to invest his bank's money and shore up the country's weak economy in order to maximize the return on their investment. Towards ... See full summary »

Director:

Howard Hawks

Writers:

Harry Carr (story), Benjamin Glazer (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Crown Prince Michael
Virginia Valli ... Gaby
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Peter Roberts
William Powell ... Prince Eric
Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson ... King Haakon
Hank Mann ... Servant
Merta Sterling Merta Sterling ... Maid
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Storyline

An American banker goes to a small Balkan country looking to invest his bank's money and shore up the country's weak economy in order to maximize the return on their investment. Towards that end he befriends the country's king and they come up with a scheme to get the Crown Prince married, a prospect not particularly appealing to the Crown Prince--until he sees the beautiful cabaret dancer the pair has picked for him to marry. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A Girl of Paris Whose Beauty Rocked a Kingdom (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

23 July 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amors Kurér See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(18 bps)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although it was filmed in August and September of 1926, Paid to Love was not released until the summer of 1927. See more »

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Remade as Hay que casar al príncipe (1931) See more »

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Howard Hawks Directs a Paramount-Style European Comedy
21 May 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

J. Farrell MacDonald is negotiating to lend King Thomas Jefferson enough money to keep his money afloat, but feels that the Crown Prince, George O'Brien, should be married or engaged to make him and the dynasty more popular. The trouble is he isn't interested in anything without a carburetor. So the two old gentlemen head off to Paris to find a woman to jump-start his interest and come back with Virginia Valli, set her up with clothes and money and offer her a big bonus if she succeeds. However, the prince's cousin, William Powell -- the rotter! -- interferes with their plans...

It's the sort of story that I might have expected to have seen from Paramount in this period, and Hawks is working with much surer comic performers in uncredited support, like Hank Mann and Henry Armetta. He has established a nicely moving camera under William O'Connell and has some fine comic sequences -- Miss Valli is discovered in a bar in Montmartre where she pretends to kill her boyfriend with a knife to give the tourists a thrill. Even more, he establishes the characters' personalities in single shots and offers a series of "meet cutes". It's only a year since he had first taken up the megaphone, but Hawks is already an assured director of a superior genre movie. His next would be the first of the same story he would tell time and again over more than forty years, A GIRL IN EVERY PORT.


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