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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 »

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Philip G. Epstein (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Taylor ... Helen Ellswirth
Van Johnson ... Charles Wills
Walter Pidgeon ... James Ellswirth
Donna Reed ... Marion Ellswirth
Eva Gabor ... Lorraine Quarl
Kurt Kasznar ... Maurice
George Dolenz ... Claude Matine
Roger Moore ... Paul
Sandy Descher ... Vicki
Celia Lovsky ... Mama
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Barney
John Doucette ... Campbell
Odette Myrtil ... Singer (as Odette)
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Storyline

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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1955 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Damals in Paris See more »

Filming Locations:

Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Perspecta Sound) (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The Japanese title translated in English is "Died in Paris in the Rainy Morning". See more »

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At the beginning of the film Van Johnson arrives at a train station carrying a suitcase. He hails a cab. Shortly thereafter he exits the same cab sans suitcase. It is not seen again. See more »

Quotes

Helen Ellswirth: Do you mind if Paul takes me home?
Charles Wills: Paul who?
Helen Ellswirth: Paul anybody. Party like this, must be at least 6 or 7 Pauls
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Soundtracks

Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful)
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Elizabeth Taylor Stands Out in a Downbeat, Though Generally Well-Crafted, Drama
17 January 2006 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Though downbeat and sometimes sad, this is a generally well-crafted human drama that explores several aspects of family life and relationships. Elizabeth Taylor is the standout in a good cast, with Van Johnson also getting some good scenes. The postwar Paris setting is used in a number of well-conceived ways in the story.

Johnson plays the main character, a reporter and would-be novelist who begins the movie with a trip back to Paris, and begins reminiscing about the past. The character's career disappointments and family crises give much of the story a markedly pessimistic (if not depressing) tone, yet Johnson plays the part believably, and the story brings out some worthwhile thoughts, as his character gradually loses his perspective on things.

As his wife, Taylor's appeal and energy stand out every time she is on screen, but more importantly, she develops the character consistently throughout the story, often in interesting contrast to Johnson's character. She starts out as a rather spoiled, fun-loving young woman, then gradually takes on more depth and character. Her performance adds considerable meaning to the rest of the movie, and it also help in making the other characters more believable.

Walter_Pidgeon (sorry, otherwise can't get it past the spell-checker) seems to be having fun as the easygoing father, and Donna Reed does a solid job in a rather thankless role as Taylor's more serious, sometimes envious sister. Eva Gabor and a young Roger Moore play characters who are one-dimensional yet important to the plot.

Overall, everything works pretty well. The pace is just a bit slow at times, which occasionally makes for heavy going during the sadder stretches. But these always have a point, and as a whole it is a worthwhile drama with some interesting characters.


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