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This Was Paris (1942)

Approved | | War , Drama | 21 March 1942 (USA)
On the eve of the Nazi occupation, spies in Paris try to outguess each other


John Harlow


Gordon Wellesley (original story), Basil Woon (original story) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Ann Dvorak ... Ann Morgan
Ben Lyon ... Butch, Sydney Chronicle Reporter
Griffith Jones ... Capt. Bill Hamilton, MI5
Robert Morley ... Van Der Stuyl
Harold Huth Harold Huth ... Count Raul De La Vague
Mary Maguire ... Blossom Leroy - Butch's Girlfriend
Vera Bogetti Vera Bogetti ... Mme. Florien
Harry Welchman Harry Welchman ... Forsyth, MI5
Frederick Burtwell Frederick Burtwell ... J.B. Entwhisle, Butch's Editor
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ... Lady Muriel
Billy Holland Billy Holland ... Liftman (Hauptman Viner)
Miles Malleson ... Watson, Newspaper Librarian
Bernard Miles ... Nazi Propaganda Officer
Hay Petrie Hay Petrie ... Popinard, Amusement Park Owner
Harry McElhone Harry McElhone ... Harry the bartender


On the eve of the Nazi occupation, spies in Paris try to outguess each other

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War | Drama







English | French

Release Date:

21 March 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So This Was Paris See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Saturday 8 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Bellingham WA Monday 1 October 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12), in Boston Monday 15 October 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Bloomington IN Wednesday 28 November 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Wednesday 5 December 1956 on KRON (Channel 4); 50 years later it finally found its way to Turner Classic Movies on 24 September 2007 during TCM's festival of films made by Warner Brothers at Teddington Studios in the UK. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear against the background of various posters from the 'Careless Talk Costs Lives' campaign by the cartoonist "Fougasse" (Cyril Kenneth Bird 1887-1965). See more »


There's a Boy in Harlem
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Jeni Le Gon and The Three Brown Girls accompanied by Les Hite and His Orchestra
Performance footage originally from Fools for Scandal (1938)
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The Last Time I Saw Paris
30 September 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Set during the "False War" between the declaration of war in September 1939 and the invasion of Belgium in the Spring of 1940, THIS IS Paris is one of the Warner Brothers Teddington Studio productions, meant to get around blocked funds and film quota restrictions. Ann Dvorak is an American dress designer who is suspected of being a Nazi Fifth columnist; Ben Lyon is an American journalist who thinks he has a line on Dutch industrialist Robert Morley, who he thinks is a Nazi; and Griffith Jones is a British Intelligence officer cooling his heels, in love with Dvorak, who is told that he has to spy on her because she is suspected. Then the Blitzkrieg begins and All is Revealed.

The movie is a mix of good scenes, clichés and some sloppy editing -- the Teddington stuff survive in poor condition. The leads are all good and there are the usual faces familiar to lovers of old movies in small roles: Miles Malleson as a put-upon newspaper librarian and Hay Petrie as a carnival owner are their usual delightful selves. Elisabeth Welch sings Rogers & Hart's "There's a Boy in Harlem" in a welcome appearance. Over all though, it's a cheap quota quicky with a propaganda message.

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