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Once in Paris... (1978)

American screenwriter Michael Moore (Wayne Rogers) arrives in Paris to work as a script doctor for a struggling film production. At the airport, he is met by Jean-Paul (Jack Lenoir), a ... See full summary »


Frank D. Gilroy


Frank D. Gilroy
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Credited cast:
Wayne Rogers ... Michael Moore
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Susan Townsend
Jack Lenoir Jack Lenoir ... Jean-Paul Barbet
Philippe March Philippe March ... Marcel Théry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marta Andras Marta Andras ... Party Guest
Henri Attal Henri Attal ... 2nd Chauffeur
Patrick Aubrée Patrick Aubrée ... Desk Clerk
Jacques Bouanich Jacques Bouanich ... 1st Chauffeur
Marie-Caroline Carliez Marie-Caroline Carliez ... Jean-Paul's Daughter (as Caroline Carliez)
Matt Carney Matt Carney ... Lars Brady
Sylvaine Charlet Sylvaine Charlet ... Woman in Restaurant
Jean-Jacques Charriere Jean-Jacques Charriere ... Brady's Friend
Béatrice Chatelier Béatrice Chatelier ... Girl in Car
Edgar Croce Edgar Croce ... Jean-Paul's Son
Gérard Croce Gérard Croce ... Mons. Farny


American screenwriter Michael Moore (Wayne Rogers) arrives in Paris to work as a script doctor for a struggling film production. At the airport, he is met by Jean-Paul (Jack Lenoir), a charming chauffeur who once served time for manslaughter. Despite this, Michael and Jean-Paul quickly forge a friendship. The American's pleasant stay in Paris becomes complicated when he meets an attractive, wealthy woman (Gayle Hunnicutt) at his hotel -- the complication being the fact that he is married.

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An American Romance




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Release Date:

25 October 1979 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Paris Calling See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leigh-McLaughlin See more »
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Color (TVC)
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Did You Know?


Though Frank D. Gilroy depicts the production team as French -- giving the impression that Michael is script-doctoring a foreign film --the executives at the helm of The Only Game in Town (1979) were American. It has been argued that, with this decision, Gilroy robbed himself of a comic plot point that Once in Paris (1978) could have sorely used: the fact that the leading lady forced the studio to shoot the film in France, which saddled the art department with the hopeless task of trying to pass off Paris as Las Vegas. See more »


Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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A feeble film
25 October 2010 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is a pathetically uninteresting film. The only thing it has to offer is a terrific performance by Jack Lenoir as a character named Jean-Paul, a Parisian chauffeur who is a larger-than-life figure and a charming rogue. Lenoir died in 1981 aged only 54, which is why he is not better known. Apart from Lenoir, this film is not only empty but it contains characters who are repulsive, played by the leads Wayne Rogers and Gayle Hunnicutt. The Rogers character is so spoilt, narcissistic, brash, arrogant, and unsympathetic that one longs to throw him in the Seine with concrete weights tied to his ankles. The leading lady is played by Hunnicutt looking even more sinister and cat-like than usual. She is meant to be a woman of mystery, but the mystery is why would anybody give her a second look, as her supposed beauty is cadaverous and so decadent that I can only imagine a ghoul taking her seriously. Six years earlier, Hunnicutt had been very good indeed in the classic British TV series adaptation of the Henry James novel, THE GOLDEN BOWL (1972). That was the high point of her career. But she always repelled me as a woman, as I always thought there was the chill of the morgue about her. Nowhere have I seen that more evident than in this appalling film. Because Hunnicutt is well known for speaking fluent French, that came in handy for this film set in Paris, so that may be why she was cast. The story is about an odious young American screenwriter who makes his first trip to Paris and has a romance with Hunnicutt. How original can you get?

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