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April in Paris (1952)

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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.

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David Butler
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Cast

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 Jack Lomas ... Cab Driver
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Storyline

Miss Ethel 'Dynamite' Jackson is a chorus girl who mistakingly 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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Warner Bros.' Musical Oo-La-La! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 April 1953 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

April in Paris See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Doris Day wrote in her autobiography that she only encountered trouble or tension on two of her Warner Bros. movies: 'April in Paris' and Young at Heart (1954). Regarding this film, she claimed that leading man Ray Bolger and director David Butler clashed early on, with Butler accusing Bolger of trying to steal scenes away from Day. Day also mentioned that, being a relative newcomer to movies, she was unaware of Bolger's tricks and managed to stay out of the line of fire. See more »

Goofs

Near the end, when Doris Day "stomps" on Ray Bolger's foot, she doesn't hit even close to his foot. See more »

Quotes

Ethel S. 'Dynamite' Jackson: Don't stop me now. I'm ticking!
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Referenced in Family Guy: April in Quahog (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

April in Paris
(1932)
Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Sung by Doris Day
Sung by an off-screen chorus during the opening credits
Reprised by Claude Dauphin
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When Doris sings "April in Paris" all is forgiven...
25 September 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

True, even for the breezy 1950s, the plot for this musical is as light as a feather--but if you are a DORIS DAY fan, as I certainly was during these early Day films at Warner Bros., you'll be enchanted by her way with a song--particularly "I'm Gonna Ring the Bell Tonight", "April in Paris" and "That's What Makes Paris Par-ee". And on top of that, she excels in all of her dance routines, even those in which RAY BOLGER clearly has the spotlight to himself.

It's one of those mistaken identity plots that Warners used extensively throughout the '40s and '50s, something about a showgirl being mistaken for a diplomat and mistakenly invited to represent the U.S. at a French festival. Naturally, all is straightened out in time for a happy ending although I can't say I detected any real chemistry between Bolger and Day--even in a musical where logic doesn't really matter.

The dances staged by LeRoy Prinz are not the best, but there are some cheerful, well staged moments when Bolger gets to do his tap routines and limber legged dancing. All in all, it passes the time pleasantly if you have a weakness for musicals the way they were in the '50s. And Doris proves that singing wasn't her only asset. Her dancing is also very professional (and not surprisingly, she intended to become a dancer before an accident ruined her plans and she switched to singing).


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