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The Rage of Paris (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 1 July 1938 (USA)
Nicole has no job and is several weeks behind with her rent. Her solution to her problem is to try and snare a rich husband. Enlisting the help of her friend Gloria and the maitre'd the trio plot to catch the eye of Bill Duncan.


Henry Koster


Bruce Manning (original story and screenplay), Felix Jackson (original story and screenplay)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Danielle Darrieux ... Nicole de Cortillion
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Jim Trevor
Mischa Auer ... Mike - the Head Waiter
Louis Hayward ... Bill Duncan
Helen Broderick ... Gloria Patterson
Charles Coleman ... Rigley
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mr. William Duncan Sr.
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Duncan
Harry Davenport ... Pop - the Caretaker


Nicole has no job and is several weeks behind with her rent. Her solution to her problem is to try and snare a rich husband. Enlisting the help of her friend Gloria and the maitre'd at a ritzy New York City hotel, the trio plot to have Gloria catch the eye of Bill Duncan, a handsome millionaire staying at the hotel. The plan works and the two quickly become engaged. Nicole's plan may be thwarted by Bill's friend, Jim Trevor, who's met Nicole before and sees through her plot. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Film debut of Mary Martin. See more »


Gloria Patterson: [to Nicole] I married a hoofer. All he had was a time step and a 'shuttle off to Buffalo.' Later in life he became ambitious... and got 20 years.
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Opening credits are in a box brought out by a girl; the title is made from streamers, and the name credits are on curtains that she throws up into the air. See more »


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The Rage is Where Has This Film Been All My Life!
20 November 2014 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Danielle Darrieux and friend Helen Broderick are jobless and have plans on marrying men with money. At least Danielle does. Helen tells her "that ship has sailed for me, dearie." But in trying to get a job as a model, Danielle discovers she has to wear nothing but drapes. No, she says. But when someone else has no qualms about it, she reconsiders and snatches the company card off the executive's desk. The only trouble is she picked up the wrong card in her haste. She goes to Douglas Fairbanks' work and thinks she's in the right place and starts to undress! When Douglas sees this, we find that his character has none and that's he's no gentleman. He's only loving this and gazes on and on… She eventually leaves and she and Helen find a name in the news who's scandalously rich. They set their sights on him with some financial assistance from waiter and friend Mischa Auer. Posing as a rich socialite from Paris, she innocently meets Louis Hayward, who just so happens to know Doug. The rest of the film is about Doug warning Louis about the kind of woman Danielle is, because he knows better. Or, does he? Right from the very beginning, this film is flamboyantly funny and tres, tres chic. I found this off Amazon and am so glad I did. How could I not know about such a fun and entertaining film as this, which is worthy of being compared to "The Awful Truth"! It was sweet and romantic one moment and then uproariously funny the next. I don't have to tell you what happens. Can't you guess? Can't you? With zippy one-liners and a great cast, including Charles Coleman, who made a career of being a man's man in films and Harry Davenport, this is one screwball comedy to discover today.

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English | French

Release Date:

1 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Confessions of a Model See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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