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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 at a ... See full summary »


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Bruce Manning (original story and screenplay), Felix Jackson (original story and screenplay)

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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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English | French

Release Date:

1 July 1938 (USA) See more »

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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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Film debut of Mary Martin. See more »


Gloria Patterson: I thought he was going to stay for the weekend.
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Psych: An Evening with Mr. Yang (2009) See more »

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Danielle Gets Her Man
6 April 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

French film star Danielle Darrieux made her American debut in The Rage in Paris. She plays a fortune seeking gal who's set her cap for Louis Hayward, but has Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. running interference for his good friend.

She got good notices for The Rage in Paris and deservedly so. She made the decision however to go back to her own country and got to spend four years with some uninvited guests. Who knows what direction her career would have taken had she stayed here.

Anyway, Danielle is pretty but broke, desperate for a job she grabs a ticket from an employment office for what she thinks is a modeling job and gets to Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s office and proceeds to take her clothes off. She beats a hasty retreat however when she realizes the big boo-boo she made with Fairbanks, somewhat amused.

Later on gal pal Helen Broderick and her friend head waiter Mischa Auer set her up with a suite at a really swanky hotel to trap millionaire Louis Hayward. It works, but he's a friend of Fairbanks as well.

I think you can see the complications and if you're a fan of Thirties screwball comedy you know how this one will turn out.

Darrieux is fresh and appealing and who would't want to Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Louis Hayward chasing you albeit for different reasons. Broderick carries on with the gal pal's best friend part that later on Eve Arden would perfect.

The film itself was photographed though in that sometimes annoying sepia tint process. Sometimes that serves in good stead, the best example is Errol Flynn's The Sea Hawk when Flynn and his pirate crew are in the Panamanian jungle. In The Rage of Paris it starts out in sepia than switches to regular black and white and then back to sepia for no discernible reason.

Still though I think that even today's viewers will find the elegant world that Fairbanks and Hayward move in still quite appealing.

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