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HISTORY

Paramount also produced a French-language version of Playboy of Paris , entitled Le petit café . That version, which generally was reviewed more favorably than the English-language version, was directed by Ludwig Berger and co-starred Maurice Chevalier with his then-wife, French actress Yvonne Vallée (See Entry). ... More Less

Paramount also produced a French-language version of Playboy of Paris , entitled Le petit café . That version, which generally was reviewed more favorably than the English-language version, was directed by Ludwig Berger and co-starred Maurice Chevalier with his then-wife, French actress Yvonne Vallée (See Entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
2 Nov 1930
p. 10.
Life
21 Nov 1930
p. 16.
New York Times
1 Nov 1930
p. 23.
Variety
12 Nov 1930
p. 30.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Le petit café by Tristan Bernard (Paris, 12 Oct 1911).
SONGS
"My Ideal," "It's a Great Life (If You Don't Weaken)," "In the Heart of Old Paree" and "Yvonne's Song," words by Leo Robin, music by Richard A. Whiting and Newell Chase.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 September 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Publix Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 October 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1654
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,512
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Yvonne, daughter of Philibert, a Paris cafe owner, is in love with dreamy, blundering Albert, a waiter, though he pays little attention to her. Philibert plans to marry his daughter to a wealthy Parisian, but upon learning that Albert is to come into a large inheritance, he conspires to place him under a longterm contract, confident that he willingly will pay a forfeit to break it. Albert, however, elects to remain a waiter by day and devote his nights to a gay social life with Berengère, a gold digger; he drops dishes and insults patrons, but Philibert will not descharge him. Angrily, Yvonne follows him to a rendezvous with Berengère at a restaurant and denounces him as a waiter, precipitating a fight between the two girls. Albert defends Yvonne aginst another gentleman and is challenged to a duel--but the man refuses to fight a waiter. Insulted, Albert slaps him, but Yvonne faints from fright, and all ends happily as Albert realizes his love for ... +


Yvonne, daughter of Philibert, a Paris cafe owner, is in love with dreamy, blundering Albert, a waiter, though he pays little attention to her. Philibert plans to marry his daughter to a wealthy Parisian, but upon learning that Albert is to come into a large inheritance, he conspires to place him under a longterm contract, confident that he willingly will pay a forfeit to break it. Albert, however, elects to remain a waiter by day and devote his nights to a gay social life with Berengère, a gold digger; he drops dishes and insults patrons, but Philibert will not descharge him. Angrily, Yvonne follows him to a rendezvous with Berengère at a restaurant and denounces him as a waiter, precipitating a fight between the two girls. Albert defends Yvonne aginst another gentleman and is challenged to a duel--but the man refuses to fight a waiter. Insulted, Albert slaps him, but Yvonne faints from fright, and all ends happily as Albert realizes his love for her. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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