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Jim Stauton Rogers, a Texas rancher turned international diplomat, takes his young daughter, Elizabeth Rogers, on a trip to Paris. He is concerned that his daughter might come in contact with her mother, Marie Devarone, a Parisian singer he met and loved more than twenty-five years ago.Written by
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This film managed a small profit of $54,000 ($504,000 in 2017) for MGM according to studio records. See more »
Jim and Marie were legally married therefore the mother's name would have been on their daughter Elizabeth's birth certificate even despite the fact that Elizabeth was told that her mother died. Although Marie abandoned her marriage and her daughter; she did not change her name. It, therefore, doesn't seem plausible that the now grown-up Elizabeth would not know her mother's name and not become somewhat suspicious upon meeting Marie while in Paris. This story gap was not addressed in the film. See more »
[Elizabeth has just met Andre, a Frenchman who speaks with an American accent.]
That's funny. You don't speak with a French accent.
My father is English, so I was educated in England.
But you don't speak with an English accent.
Why should I? I'm French!
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No need to recap the plot, which at the beginning resembles that of Giant (1956). Musicals generally live or die by the quality of the music. By that standard, this one is pretty much a snoozer following a string of forgettably bland numbers, which at least don't annoy.
The movie itself stands as a clear instance of lead performers outshining the material— mainly, the always sparkling Jane Powell and a fabulous Danielle Darrieux. Even the seemingly miscast Corey, so usually dour, manages an agreeable father. While in a tacked-on role, a hunky Fernando Lamas is clearly on his way up. One can sympathize, however, with boyish crooner Damone in his first film-- his self-consciousness almost flies off the screen.
I expect critics are right about the problems caused by Powell's pregnancy. The production has a less polished, more constrained look than the usual high MGM standard. This could well be due to a hurry-up schedule and Powell's growing girth. Whatever the reason, the movie's a chance to catch the ravishing French actress Darrieux in one of her few American roles. Otherwise, it's pretty forgettable.
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