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So This Is Paris (1954)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 15 December 1954 (USA)
Three sailors on leave (Joe, Al and Davy) head for Paris with one thing on their minds. Joe pursues chanteuse Colette D'Avril who proves to be more than she appears; Davy is pursued by sexy... See full summary »

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Richard Quine

Writers:

Ray Buffum (story), Charles Hoffman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Curtis ... Joe Maxwell
Gloria DeHaven ... Colette d'Avril / Jane Mitchell (as Gloria De Haven)
Gene Nelson ... Al Howard
Corinne Calvet ... Suzanne Sorel
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Davy Jones
Mara Corday ... Yvonne
Ann Codee ... Grand'mere Marie
Roger Etienne Roger Etienne ... Pierre Deshons
Myrna Hansen Myrna Hansen ... Ingrid
Allison Hayes ... Carmen
Christiane Martel ... Christiane
Regina Dombek ... Miss Photo Flash
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Albert, Butler (as A.E.Gould-Porter)
Pat Horn ... Dancer
Michelle Ducasse Michelle Ducasse ... Simone
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Storyline

Three sailors on leave (Joe, Al and Davy) head for Paris with one thing on their minds. Joe pursues chanteuse Colette D'Avril who proves to be more than she appears; Davy is pursued by sexy cashier Yvonne; but the blonde Al rescues from a purse snatcher rewards him with kisses, then vanishes without telling him her name. Romantic complications and resolutions follow in true musical comedy fashion. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So This Is Paree See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
French lyrics by Tanis Chandler
Performed in French by Gloria DeHaven and dancers
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Interesting and Enjoyable
24 February 2002 | by lzf0See all my reviews

This movie is "On the Town" meets "American in Paris", but it is unique and highly entertaining. It is the only true musical which features Tony Curtis. (Sure, "Some Like It Hot" is sort of a musical, but Marilyn Monroe handles all of the musical numbers.) Curtis sings and dances and doesn't do a bad job at it. He is competing with Gene Nelson, one of the finest film dancers. Curtis keeps up nicely with Nelson and although his singing isn't spectacular, he does sing in tune. Also appearing in this film is the underrated comedian Paul Gilbert. In the 1950s, Gilbert appeared in three musicals: this one, plus "The Second Greatest Sex" and "You Can't Run Away from It". Gilbert has a nice feel for delivering punch lines and handles physical comedy like a champ. It is a shame that examples of his work are so few. The songs were written by the totally unknown team of Moody and Sherrill. They also wrote songs for Gilbert's "The Second Greatest Sex" and "Fresh from Paris". This is all that is known about them. The songs are melodic and catchy. It is not Sondheim, but it is not meant to be. The musical arrangements are by Henry Mancini; it is early in Mancini's career and he still has not found his trademark French horn and strings combination. He is still writing in a big band style. This film is fast, light and fun, and movie musical fans looking for some good, obscure songs will be delighted with it.


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