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Innocents in Paris (1953)

A selection of passengers catch the plane from London for an early 1950's weekend in Paris. The Scotsman in his kilt, the elderly lady painter, the international negotiator, and the pretty ... See full summary »

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Gordon Parry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Illing ... Panitov
Gaby Bruyère Gaby Bruyère ... Josette (as Gaby Bruyere)
James Copeland James Copeland ... Andy
Monique Gérard Monique Gérard ... Raymonde (as Monique Gerard)
Claude Dauphin ... Max
Jimmy Edwards Jimmy Edwards ... George
Margaret Rutherford ... Gwladys
Claire Bloom ... Susan
Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner ... Dicky
Alastair Sim ... Sir Norman
Colin Gordon ... Customs Officer
Kenneth Kove ... Bickerstaff
Frank Muir Frank Muir ... A hearty man
Philip Stainton Philip Stainton ... Nobby Clarke
Peter Jones ... Langton
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A selection of passengers catch the plane from London for an early 1950's weekend in Paris. The Scotsman in his kilt, the elderly lady painter, the international negotiator, and the pretty young girl all find the city welcomes them and changes their lives in some way. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Adventure | Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

4 December 1953 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Allt kan hända i Paris See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Laurence Harvey's brief appearance in this film was entirely edited out of it (and his name removed from the credits) when the film was first shown on British television in 1960. These omissions have never been restored. See more »

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Would meals be served on a short flight from London to Paris?. See more »

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INNOCENTS IN Paris {Edited Version} (Gordon Parry, 1953) **
29 July 2015 | by MARIO GAUCISee all my reviews

I am obliged to review this very minor effort due to Christopher Lee's uncredited involvement in it, which lasts for all of 30 seconds(!), appearing merely to inspect an English military band before and after their flight to the titular location. The film is a British comedy, very typical of its era, and pitting established (Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford) with emerging (Claire Bloom) talent – not forgetting local, i.e. French, star presences (Claude Dauphin and Louis De Funes). To be honest, caricatures of various types emanating from these two countries have been done to death over the years – to have them engage in a clash of cultures, then, is even more lamentable (though it was obviously devised and intended as an irresistibly hilarious notion!)…and to which is even added that of the humorless Russian diplomat, who takes offense when his British counterpart (the perennially-flustered Sim) rather tastelessly compares the effect of drinking vodka to the devastation caused by an atom bomb – and who can only concede to the Western way of thinking while under the influence himself!!

Unsurprisingly, the narrative takes up several strands of plot as the various passengers of a plane enjoy a week-end in the French capital; most of these are wafer-thin and alternate between improbable romantic trysts (including a Scotsman falling for a local girl) and the idiosyncratic pursuit of a particular hobby (painting and indoor cricket!). Mind you, the film is tolerable enough for what it is – but it is certainly not among the better examples of its kind, especially when considering that the copy I acquired ran for 86 minutes against the movie's official duration of 102…which makes me wonder just how long was the print shown on local TV during the early 2000s, but which I had not managed to either view or record back in the day! Suffice it to say that, while Laurence Harvey's name and face is prominently featured in some of the film's theatrical posters (apparently playing a French waiter!), he was nowhere to be seen in the print I watched!!


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