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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the film debut of the The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir. 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

Una voce poco fa
(1816)
from opera "Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)"
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini (uncredited)
Sung by Lily Pons (uncredited) at the Metropolitan Opera
Conducted by Andre Kostelanetz
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Lily is That Girl! Watch and Enjoy!
25 February 2016 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Lily Pons is "That Girl from Paris," a Paris opera singer, who is supposed to be getting married but runs from the altar because she doesn't love her rich socialite fiancé. She runs into Gene Raymond and instantly they create silly friction between them. But this film is zanily haphazard and fast-paced, with two flat tires, them singing while eating horse! and generally teasing each other. Then, she wants to sail on cruise ship to America, but things are never that easy. Due to complications, she has to be a stowaway and naturally tags along with Gene Raymond and his jazz/blues band. This moves very quickly and, if you're not paying attention, you'll wonder what just happened. The police are after her in America, because she entered the states illegally, and half the movie is about them hiding her and the other half is the romantic scenes between Lily and Gene. But band member Jack Oakie also has designs on her. The music is very delightful. I enjoyed the roof scene very much and also the song where they blended her style of singing with their music. Lucille Ball is the girl singer of the band, but of course Lily sees to it that Lucille can't perform, so she can. I had a great time and wish I watched this before now. Discover Lily Pons and "That Girl from Paris" today!


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