Cheri-Bibi (1931)

74 mins | Drama | 1931

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HISTORY

This is the Spanish-language version of the 1931 film The Phantom of Paris , which was directed by John S. Robertson and starred John Gilbert. A MPH pre-production news item noted that M-G-M, in a reversal of its usual production procedure, began work on Cheri-Bibi before starting on the English version. According to a 21 Jan 1931 Var news item, John Robertson was originally set to direct the Spanish version of the film. The onscreen credits for the Spanish version were taken from a studio cutting continuity. Alida Vischer, Luis Llaneza and Juan Duval may have been in the Spanish version, but their participation has not been confirmed. Other films based on Gaston Leroux' story include the 1937 French film Chéri-Bibi , directed by Léon Mathot and starring Pierre Fresnay and Jean-Pierre Aumont; and a 1955 French-Italian production, also entitled Chéri-Bibi , directed by Marcello Pagliero and starring Jean Richard and Lea Padovani. ... More Less

This is the Spanish-language version of the 1931 film The Phantom of Paris , which was directed by John S. Robertson and starred John Gilbert. A MPH pre-production news item noted that M-G-M, in a reversal of its usual production procedure, began work on Cheri-Bibi before starting on the English version. According to a 21 Jan 1931 Var news item, John Robertson was originally set to direct the Spanish version of the film. The onscreen credits for the Spanish version were taken from a studio cutting continuity. Alida Vischer, Luis Llaneza and Juan Duval may have been in the Spanish version, but their participation has not been confirmed. Other films based on Gaston Leroux' story include the 1937 French film Chéri-Bibi , directed by Léon Mathot and starring Pierre Fresnay and Jean-Pierre Aumont; and a 1955 French-Italian production, also entitled Chéri-Bibi , directed by Marcello Pagliero and starring Jean Richard and Lea Padovani. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dirigida por [Dir]
Asst dir
WRITERS
Escenificación de [Scr]
Diálogo por [Dial]
Versión española de [Spanish version]
PHOTOGRAPHY
Fotografíada por [Photog]
ART DIRECTOR
Director artístico [Art dir]
FILM EDITOR
Editada por [Ed]
SOUND
Acústica [Sd]
STAND INS
Double
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Chéri-Bibi et Cécily by Gaston Leroux (Paris, 1916).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Phantom of Paris (^Iforeign version^R)
Release Date:
1931
Premiere Information:
San José, Costa Rica opening: 17 May 1931
San Juan, Puerto Rico opening: 30 May 1931
Los Angeles opening: 2 October 1931
Production Date:
7 January--2 February 1931
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74
Length(in feet):
6,634
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
Spanish
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

[The following plot summary is based on the English-language version of this film, The Phantom of Paris ; character names refer to that version. For further information regarding the English-language version, please see the entry for The Phantom of Paris .] At the Cirque de Paris, society magician and famous disappearing artist Chéri-Bibi performs his act before a well-heeled Parisian audience. While Cecile, his friend and admirer, waits in his dressing room, unable to watch the daring feat, Chéri, with his hands and legs bound, is lowered into a tank of water. The audience grows silent as the clock ticks away, and firemen wait on the sidelines, prepared to rescue the magician should he fail to emerge from the tank in time. To the audience's astonishment, Chéri makes his escape with little time to spare. Cecile lives with her wealthy but ailing father, Bourrelier, who recently added a codicil to his will specifying that if she were to marry the Marquis du Touchais, he would receive a liberal allowance from his estate. However, when Bourrelier is informed that the marquis is a nobleman, he removes the allowance clause from the will so as not to spoil the young man and allow him to live an idle life. Bourrelier informs the marquis of the change at a party at his residence, and he reacts angrily, accusing Cecile's father of favoring her upstart suitor, Chéri. Bourrelier denies the accusation and later tells Chéri personally that he will not allow him to marry his daughter. Soon after the confrontation between Chéri and Bourrelier, the aged millionaire is murdered. Police Chief Costaud immediately begins an investigation into the ... +


[The following plot summary is based on the English-language version of this film, The Phantom of Paris ; character names refer to that version. For further information regarding the English-language version, please see the entry for The Phantom of Paris .] At the Cirque de Paris, society magician and famous disappearing artist Chéri-Bibi performs his act before a well-heeled Parisian audience. While Cecile, his friend and admirer, waits in his dressing room, unable to watch the daring feat, Chéri, with his hands and legs bound, is lowered into a tank of water. The audience grows silent as the clock ticks away, and firemen wait on the sidelines, prepared to rescue the magician should he fail to emerge from the tank in time. To the audience's astonishment, Chéri makes his escape with little time to spare. Cecile lives with her wealthy but ailing father, Bourrelier, who recently added a codicil to his will specifying that if she were to marry the Marquis du Touchais, he would receive a liberal allowance from his estate. However, when Bourrelier is informed that the marquis is a nobleman, he removes the allowance clause from the will so as not to spoil the young man and allow him to live an idle life. Bourrelier informs the marquis of the change at a party at his residence, and he reacts angrily, accusing Cecile's father of favoring her upstart suitor, Chéri. Bourrelier denies the accusation and later tells Chéri personally that he will not allow him to marry his daughter. Soon after the confrontation between Chéri and Bourrelier, the aged millionaire is murdered. Police Chief Costaud immediately begins an investigation into the murder and questions the guests attending the party. When the marquis is questioned, he lies to Costaud, telling him that Bourrelier privately expressed his fears about Chéri. The magician is promptly arrested and jailed. Though extra security precautions are taken to insure that Chéri does not escape, he manages to free himself from his cell. The magician then attacks a guard, takes his clothes and walks out of the prison unnoticed. Meanwhile, Dr. Gorin, a friend of Chéri's, tells the police that Chéri could not have committed the murder. Another friend of Chéri's, Herman, hides him in the basement of his shop. When Costaud pays Herman a visit, he informs him that the marquis is dying and then searches the shop. Before the police chief can find him, Chéri flees. Having overheard the news of the marquis' impending death, Chéri sneaks into his home and persuades him to admit that he killed Bourrelier. However, the marquis dies before he is able to make the confession. Chéri quickly devises a plan to save himself by bringing the body of the marquis to Dr. Gorin and asking him to perform an operation that would make him resemble the marquis. Chéri then arranges to have his own death announced publicly. The newspapers soon tell stories of the Chéri holding the marquis prisoner before his death. Six months later, Chéri, disguised as the marquis, returns to the marquis' mansion and realizes that Cecile, now married to the marquis, has been unhappy. After Cecile tells Chéri that her love for the magician has never faltered, he reveals himself to her. No sooner does Chéri tell Cecile that he loves her than Costaud and his officers arrive to question the marquis. After fingerprinting the magician, Costaud accuses Chéri of impersonating the marquis and arrests him. Again, Chéri manages to escape, and when he returns to Cecile's house, he forces Vera, the marquis' accomplice in Bourrelier's murder, to confess his guilt. Costaud overhears Vera's confession, and Chéri is vindicated of the crime. +

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