A series of misunderstandings leads to a chorus girl traveling to Paris to represent the American theater, where she falls in love with a befuddled bureaucrat.


David Butler





Complete credited cast:
Doris Day ... Ethel S. 'Dynamite' Jackson
Ray Bolger ... S. 'Sam' Winthrop Putnam
Claude Dauphin ... Philippe Fouquet
Eve Miller ... Marcia Sherman
George Givot ... François
Paul Harvey ... Secretary Robert Sherman
Herbert Farjeon Herbert Farjeon ... Joshua Stevens
Wilson Millar Wilson Millar ... Sinclair Wilson
Raymond Largay Raymond Largay ... Joseph Welmar
John Alvin ... Tracy
Jack Lomas ... Cab Driver


Miss Ethel 'Dynamite' Jackson is a chorus girl who mistakenly receives an invitation from the State Department to represent the American theatre at an arts exposition in Paris, France. There's only one problem: the invitation was meant for Miss Ethel Barrymore. Meanwhile, S. Winthrop Putnam, the bureaucrat who made the mistake, tries unsuccessfully to correct his mix-up. It's too late, for Dynamite Jackson is off to Paris, where the two meet and marry, or so they think. Written by Kelly

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Despite the title, the characters don't reach France until 1 hour and 15 minutes into the film, and only the last 25 minutes are spent in Paris. See more »


Ray Bolger visits Doris in her apartment to persuade her to go to Pais with him. She's in her dressing gown ironing. She goes behind a screen to change and throws a slip over the top but no dressing gown. See more »


S. Winthrop Putnam: [to Marcia Sherman] You never loved me. You only wanted to marry me to try to get to the White House where you could remodel that too.
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I Know a Place
Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Doris Day
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Talent trumps material
6 April 2009 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Doris Day is fun in this movie. Her smile lights up the screen, her rendition of the title song is not corny- it is terrific. Her dancing is vivacious and guaranteed to brighten up your day.

Bolger's dancing is a bit vaudevillian but has a happy uniqueness that is very watchable. Many of his moves are like a series of "controlled falls" that require tremendous balance- this is harder than it looks. On the other hand some of his dance is very above-average tap or two-step. Overall he seems to combine a lot into his different routines. As a bonus, his acting is not bad and better than you might expect.

This film suffers from cheapness and a nothing plot, but is overcome by exceptional talent and charm by all the cast. Who cares if it is cheap and set-bound? The results are entertaining and that's the true bottom line.

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English | French

Release Date:

17 April 1953 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

April in Paris See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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