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 lone, lovely countess shows up looking for a room at the inn. Garrick treats her as though she is one of the troupe but she falls in love with him. Edward Everett Horton plays The Great Garrick's valet.
It's gay! It's funny! It's young! It's simply swell! (original print ad)
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David Garrick (1717-1779) was a real, famous English actor, playwright, theatre manager and producer. See more
Early in the movie the road sign gives the distance to Paris in kilometres. In addition, when the wheelwright begins knocking the spokes out of the carriage wheel, he says of them "Wouldn't last another kilometre". The movie takes place in the 1750's; the metric system was introduced in 1799 after the French Revolution. See more
I plan to spend the night at the "Adam & Eve" and I see no reason why I should change my plans.
But you don't know what's waiting for you there! They threw me out before I could hear their plans. Supposing they have hired ruffians to do you harm?
Oh, ho ho ho ho! My friend, I have played Shylock in Dublin... I *have* no fear!
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