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The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 3 April 1955 (Japan)
Charles returns to Paris to reminisce about the life he led in Paris after it was liberated. He worked on "Stars and Stripes" when he met Marion and Helen. He would marry and be happy ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
... Helen Ellswirth
... Charles Wills
... James Ellswirth
... Marion Ellswirth
... Lorraine Quarl
... Maurice
... Claude Matine
... Paul
... Vicki
... Mama
Peter Leeds ... Barney
... Campbell
... Singer (as Odette)


Charles returns to Paris to reminisce about the life he led in Paris after it was liberated. He worked on "Stars and Stripes" when he met Marion and Helen. He would marry and be happy staying in Paris after his discharge and working for a news organization. He would try to write his great novel and that would come between Charlie, his wife, and his daughter. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

3 April 1955 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Damals in Paris  »

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Sound Mix:

(Perspecta Sound) (Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?


While the "mystery challenger" on What's My Line?: Episode dated 14 November 1954 (1954), Elizabeth Taylor was asked why this movie was renamed. She replied that the studio was afraid audiences would assume that a movie titled "Babylon Revisited" was about Biblical subject matters. See more »


In the title screen at the beginning of the the movie it says "COPYRIGHT MCMXLIV IN U.S.A.", which in roman numbers is 1944, but the film was released in 1954, in roman numbers would be MCMLIV. See more »


Helen Ellswirth: I'm sick to death of death. I want to enjoy things, have fun, live every day like it's the last day. Wouldn't that be nice, a lifetime full of last days?
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Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 14 November 1954 (1954) See more »


The Last Time I Saw Paris
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Odette Myrtil
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Romantic drama about the troubled relationship between a war journalist and a feisty young girl
6 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

A successful writer ( Van Johnson) remembers about his love story with a gorgeous American girl ( Elizabeth Taylor ) in post WWII Paris . As we watch bright scenarios from Paris as the Arc of Triumph , river Sena , Cathedral of Notre Dame , promenade of Eliseos ; furthermore a horsemen race and Montecarlo car race , among others . Based on a semi-autobiographic novel titled ¨ Babylon revisited ¨ by F. Scott Fitzgerald who is well incarnated by Van Johnson and in which Helen played by Elizabeth Taylor represents Zelda , Scott's wife .

This interesting movie reminisces the love affair between a wealthy war reporter and a feisty young woman ; it packs romance , drama , and colorful scenarios . Good support cast as Donna Reed , Eva Gabor , Kurt Kasznar , John Ducette and Walter Pidgeon who steals the show as joyful and sponger father . Glamorous cinematography in glimmer Technicolor by Joseph Ruttemberg and adequate musical score .

The motion picture is professionally written and directed by Richard Brooks . He's an American filmmaker and screenwriter who won an Oscar for ¨ Elmer Gantry ¨ writings ; Brooks so consistently blended the good with average which it became quite impossible to know what to expect from him next . In the 50s , the harder his movies impacted , the more successful they were ; and the gentler they were , the less effective as ¨The last time saw Paris ¨ . Thus , the Brooks pictures that have the biggest hit in the 50 are the following : ¨Blackboard jungle ¨, ¨Something of value ¨ ¨The Brothers Karamazov ¨ , and in the 60s are ¨ Sweet bird of youth¨, Cat on a hot tin roof ¨, ¨In cold blood ¨ and ¨ The professionals ¨ ; in addition during the 70s a special mention to ¨ Bite the bullet ¨. Rating : : Good film that appeal to Elizabeth Taylor fans .

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