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That Girl from Paris (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 1 January 1937 (USA)
Nikki Martin, a parisian opera star, takes off in search of adventure and true-love leaving her arranged husband to be at the alter. While hitchhiking, Nikki meets handsome American ... See full summary »

Director:

Leigh Jason

Writers:

W. Carey Wonderly (story "Viennese Charmer" in Young's Magazine) (as J. Carey Wonderly), Jane Murfin (story) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lily Pons ... Nicole 'Nikki' Martin
Jack Oakie ... Whammo Lonsdale
Gene Raymond ... Windy McLean
Herman Bing ... 'Hammy' Hammacher
Mischa Auer ... Butch
Lucille Ball ... Claire 'Clair' Williams
Frank Jenks ... Laughing Boy Frank
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Storyline

Nikki Martin, a parisian opera star, takes off in search of adventure and true-love leaving her arranged husband to be at the alter. While hitchhiking, Nikki meets handsome American musician, Windy McLean and his band the 'McLean Wildcats'. Windy immediately spites her, but Nikki falls in love with him and follows him to New York by stowing away on the ship his on. The steward finds her hiding in Windy and the Wilcats room. She is locked up by authorities and Windy and the band are fired. When the ship reaches New York, Nikki escapes off the ship and finds out the Wilcats apartment. They demand her to leave, fearing being implicated but she refuses. Clair, Windy girlfriend shows up with Hammacher, and offers the band a low paying job at a roadhouse in another city. Anxious to depart, they accept. Nikki becomes the bands singer. Clair becomes jealous and reports her to the authorities, causing the band to flee again... Written by Kelly

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Parisiense See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the beginning of the film, Pons' character escapes her wedding in a non-supercharged 1936 Cord Phaeton. The Indiana-made car, which cost about $3,700 was rare even when new and exotic enough to look like it belonged in the movie which begins set in France. See more »

Quotes

Whammo Lonsdale: [three musicians, in jail for aiding a foreigner's entrance in the country to help her singing career, are reading about her marriage in the newspaper] And to think, she started wid' us. We give her her first break.
Laughing Boy Frank: And now, we're takin' the rap for it.
Whammo Lonsdale: Yeah, she's been playin' us for suckers all along. She's been engaged for six months.
Butch: [in typical form, Butch always resorts to his unconventional political views] And to a financier, which proves that at heart, all women are capitalists.
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Connections

Referenced in Shirobara wa sakedo (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

My Nephew from Nice
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Played by the band at Hammacher's and sung by the band members
Danced by Jack Oakie, Lucille Ball and Frank Jenks
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An Entertaining 1930s Film
5 November 2006 | by timothymcclenaghanSee all my reviews

Don't be put off by other negative critiques. Forget that Lily Pons was a highly regarded opera singer, or that somehow she condescended to appear in a movie. I don't know for sure, but I suspect that Pons was offered a great deal of money by RKO to make the three movies she made.

She gives a fine performance both acting and singing. The plot is typical 1930s fare, and I thought it amusing and better than average. I find Pons's characterization very charming.

As for Pons being tall and willowy, the lady was a petite 5 feet tall (see IMDb bio), but she sure had a superior voice in that little body. The "pop" tunes she was given to sing in this film were written with an operatic voice in mind, requiring a large range to sing.

No other mention has been given to Lucille Ball's very, very funny comedic dance. Her character is sabotaged with a pair of soaped-up dancing shoes, causing her to slip and fall every time she tries to dance. I've watched this over and over and I laugh out loud every time I see it. It takes a very good, well-trained dancer to be able to fall down as much and as well as she did.


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