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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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She's a Broadway Show-Gal Giving Paris an Eiffel! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 April 1953 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

April i Paris See more »

Company Credits

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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Connections

Referenced in Dallas: April in Paris (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ask You
(uncredited)
Music by Vernon Duke
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Doris Day and Ray Bolger
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One good dance number - Paris should have looked better!
4 December 1998 | by Billy-34See all my reviews

First off, I am a huge Doris fan and I thought this movie was not one of her best (her own autobiography said she wanted someone different for the choreography...but I thought that was the best part). Doris is always good but the movie might have looked better if we saw some of the real Paris and why not show off some of the fashions sung about and actually see real settings.

Ray Bolger was NOT Fred Astaire but he sure is energetic. There was no real spark between Ray and Doris (who is excellent in the "Rock the Boat" number in the Cruiseliner's kitchen).

I bought this inexpensively from Ken Cranes on Laserdisc and Doris looks terrific as always. From what I've read Ray had some trouble with the director who accused him of trying to upstage Doris on camera - as if that were ever possible.

My advice...rent TEA FOR TWO instead.


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