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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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Nicole 'Nikki' Martin
... Whammo Lonsdale
... Windy McLean
... 'Hammy' Hammacher
... Butch
... Claire 'Clair' Williams
... Laughing Boy Frank
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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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Richard Carle is listed by a modern source as an actor in this film, but he was not seen in the print. See more »

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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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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played at the first wedding
Reprised at the second wedding
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An illegal alien at the Met
8 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

If That Girl From Paris was made today there would be protesters at the screenings as Lily Pons is quite the illegal alien. I could just see the Donald leading a picket line protesting the fact that the heroine is a woman who stows away on ship to come to America and then is ready to get a marriage of convenience to stay here.

Not liking the arranged marriage she's been hammerlocked into Lily hooks up with a touring swing band consisting of Gene Raymond, Mischa Auer, Frank Jenks, and Jack Oakie. Of course all that doesn't sit well with Lucille Ball, affianced to Raymond and getting some of the best lines in the film.

Pons has some good numbers in all genres of music including a swing version of the Blue Danube Waltz and highlighting with her character's Metropolitan Opera debut in the Barber Of Seville.

This film was made right after Grace Moore scored such a success in One Night Of Love for Columbia Pictures. Studios went out and signed up opera singers, Lily Pons was RKO's catch. The vogue came and went quickly, this was Lily's second feature film after I Dream Too Much. She would do one more Hitting A New High and then she would return to the Metropolitan Opera for real.

But I'm glad some of these voices like Lily Pons recorded their art for posterity in films like That Girl From Paris.


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