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Paris Holiday (1958)

American actor, Bob Hunter, travels to Paris to purchase the rights to a highly sought after script, and meets his French counterpart Fernydel along the way, but a sinister organization seems to be targeting Hunter for a mysterious reason.

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Gerd Oswald

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Bob Hope (story) (as Robert Hope), Edmund Beloin | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Robert Leslie Hunter
Fernandel ... Fernydel
Anita Ekberg ... Zara
Martha Hyer ... Ann McCall
Preston Sturges ... Serge Vitry
André Morell ... American Ambassador
Alan Gifford ... American Consul
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... Doctor Bernais
Yves Brainville Yves Brainville ... Inspector Dupont
Jean Murat ... Judge
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Storyline

American comedian Bob Hunter, on a luxury liner to France with French counterpart Fernandel, takes an interest in blonde diplomat Ann McCall while pursued by an even shapelier blonde, the mysterious Zara, who seems to be after something in Bob's possession. But he's only going to France to obtain rights to a new play...so what are Zara and her sinister boss after? The pursuit, amorous and larcenous, continues in Paris and escalates into a full-fledged comedy thriller. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The two top mirth makers of all time turn Paris upside down. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Switzerland | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Férias em Paris See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Production Co:

Tolda Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Another Sammy Cahn / Jimmy Van Heusen number, "Nothing in Common", performed by Bob Hope and Martha Hyer, was cut from the final print, although Hope's intro line, "Great night for singing, hmm?" remains. See more »

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Fernydel: [Pointing when a fake octopus appears on a funhouse ride] Boulliabaise!
Robert Leslie Hunter: It reminds me I got to write my agent.
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The film's title, producer and director credits come at the four minute mark, after cast, credits and opening scenes have already been shown. See more »

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Referenced in En direct de...: Wakhévitch (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

PARIS HOLIDAY
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung behind credits by chorus
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This Is Not a Good Mix
28 March 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Though this is not a good film for Bob Hope, it has one redeeming feature. It gave American audiences exposure to the great French comedian, Fernandel.

Fernandel almost was given the role of Passepartout the French valet to David Niven in Around the World in 80 Days. In fact he was going to learn English for the role. It fell through and the part was played by Cantinflas whose style was similar to Fernandel. Too bad for Fernandel that Around the World in 80 Days didn't work out for him.

Because Fernandel didn't speak English that presented problems trying to team him with Bob Hope. It was handled rather clumsily, Fernandel's part in the film was completely superfluous to the plot.

Nothing extraordinary about the plot itself. Hope's an American actor in Paris who comes across a nasty gang and he agrees to help both American and French authorities to capture them. Along for female decoration are Anita Ekberg and Martha Hyer. It's a Bob Hope movie, not one of his best, so I'm sure you can figure out the plot from here on in.

Fernandel has a few good moments though. There is a scene where he's trying to get in an insane asylum to rescue Hope and he's trying to convince the guard in front that he's crazy. So a certain amount of craziness follows and he's outstanding.

His biography here says he worked in a bank when he was young. But that long horse-face of his made people laugh, so to use an American expression, Fernandel took a lemon and made lemonade. If they're going to laugh, I'll get paid for it.

I wish some of his films were available here in the USA. I could easily even in this film see why he was such a national treasure in France.


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