The Great Garrick (Brian Aherne) is the most celebrated London theater actor of his day (eighteenth century) and is invited to Paris to star at the Comedie Francaise, the most important theatre in France. Before his departure for Paris he is mistakenly quoted as saying that he is 'going to France to teach the French how to act'. The Comedie Francaise actors and director hear about this and take this as a serious insult and thus plot to embarrass The Great Garrick when he gets to France with a great big prank. The Comedie Francaise troupe takes over an inn on Garrick's road to Paris where he spends the night. What the Comedie Francaise actors don't know is that The Great Garrick is in on the joke and just plays along. A wrench is thrown into the plot when a lone, lovely traveler (Olivia de Havilland who was later Aherne's sister-in-law), who is not part of the prank, shows up looking for a room at the inn that the Comedie Francaise troupe has taken over. Garrick treats her as though ...
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Lana Turner filmed her few brief scenes in July 1937. The was her first time back on a film set after her debut role in "They Won't Forget" (1937). See more
Early in the movie the road sign gives the distance to Paris in kilometers. The movie takes place in the 1750's; the metric system was introduced in 1799 after the French Revolution. See more
Nothing in the world is so fatal to the actor as to be found ridiculous. Actors are idols. Idols must be admired. The moment your public starts to laugh at you instead of with you, your hold on them is destroyed. Public opinion is cruel. It changes fast. There's an old saying, 'Ridicule kills,' and it's true.
Rather than saying "Screenplay by Ernest Vajda", the credits read "A Play for the Screen by Ernest Vajda". See more
Version of David Garrick
Music by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
In the score when the Paris title is shown See more