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An early title for the film was A Way to Love . The stage version of Roy Horniman's novel opened in London on 6 Oct 1908. Horniman's story was the source of the 1927 Paramount film A Gentleman in Paris , directed by Harry D'Abbadie D'Arrast and starring Adolphe Menjou and Shirley O'Hara (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.2039). A recurring gag in the film involves Baby Leroy gleefully smashing pocket watches. A Var review says: "Women...are sure to spread the word about the youngster. Men beyond 25 will like it, too, but high school and college men about town aren't apt to be interested in a baby star." In an early script dated 18 Jan 1933, Charles Ruggles is listed in the cast as Max, but was replaced by Earle ... More Less

An early title for the film was A Way to Love . The stage version of Roy Horniman's novel opened in London on 6 Oct 1908. Horniman's story was the source of the 1927 Paramount film A Gentleman in Paris , directed by Harry D'Abbadie D'Arrast and starring Adolphe Menjou and Shirley O'Hara (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.2039). A recurring gag in the film involves Baby Leroy gleefully smashing pocket watches. A Var review says: "Women...are sure to spread the word about the youngster. Men beyond 25 will like it, too, but high school and college men about town aren't apt to be interested in a baby star." In an early script dated 18 Jan 1933, Charles Ruggles is listed in the cast as Max, but was replaced by Earle Foxe. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
22 Apr 33
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Dec 32
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 33
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Mar 33
p. 20.
International Photographer
1 Jul 33
p. 39.
Motion Picture Daily
20 Apr 33
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
29 Apr 33
p. 28.
New York Times
20 Apr 33
p. 20.
Variety
25 Apr 33
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Chief elec
Chief grip
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Bellamy the Magnificent by Roy Horniman (London, 1904).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"In the Park in Paree," "Look What I've Got" and "Home Made Heaven," words by Leo Robin, music by Ralph Rainger
"Monsieur Baby," words by Leo Robin, French lyrics by André Hornez, music by Ralph Rainger.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
A Way to Love
Release Date:
21 April 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 April 1933
Copyright Number:
LP3820
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85-87
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Rene, the Vicomte de St. Denis, returns to Paris from a hunting trip in Africa before his fiancée Louise expects him and makes dates with Paulette de l'Enclos at ten, Suzanne at twelve and Gabrielle at one a.m. He forgets all three, however, when he finds an abandoned baby in his car. The next morning, Max de l'Enclos, a friend of Rene, visits with his new wife, who is none other than Paulette. All is chaos when, as Rene and his valet, Victor, give "Monsieur Baby" a bath, Gabrielle arrives demanding an explanation, and a nurse, Sally, reports for duty. While Victor gives Rene a shave, he discovers Rene's third woman is his own wife Suzanne and threatens to quit. The real hired nurse then arrives, and Sally confesses she is an out-of-work performer from America. Rene hires her anyway and that night, stays in with her and "Monsieur Baby," whom Sally names Robin, and contemplates family life with Louise. When Rene arrives late to a house party at Louise's chateau in the country with nurse and baby in tow, the guests laugh and Louise's father insults Rene. That night, after Louise breaks the engagement, telling Rene they never loved each other, Rene tells Sally how happy he is. Later Paulette visits Rene in his room at the chateau, begging him to be more discreet with the inscribed cigarette case she gave him, and Sally becomes jealous. When Max demands to see his wife, Sally hides with Paulette, who has fainted, behind a curtain. To get rid of Max, Rene pulls the curtain just enough to reveal Sally's blonde hair. ... +


Rene, the Vicomte de St. Denis, returns to Paris from a hunting trip in Africa before his fiancée Louise expects him and makes dates with Paulette de l'Enclos at ten, Suzanne at twelve and Gabrielle at one a.m. He forgets all three, however, when he finds an abandoned baby in his car. The next morning, Max de l'Enclos, a friend of Rene, visits with his new wife, who is none other than Paulette. All is chaos when, as Rene and his valet, Victor, give "Monsieur Baby" a bath, Gabrielle arrives demanding an explanation, and a nurse, Sally, reports for duty. While Victor gives Rene a shave, he discovers Rene's third woman is his own wife Suzanne and threatens to quit. The real hired nurse then arrives, and Sally confesses she is an out-of-work performer from America. Rene hires her anyway and that night, stays in with her and "Monsieur Baby," whom Sally names Robin, and contemplates family life with Louise. When Rene arrives late to a house party at Louise's chateau in the country with nurse and baby in tow, the guests laugh and Louise's father insults Rene. That night, after Louise breaks the engagement, telling Rene they never loved each other, Rene tells Sally how happy he is. Later Paulette visits Rene in his room at the chateau, begging him to be more discreet with the inscribed cigarette case she gave him, and Sally becomes jealous. When Max demands to see his wife, Sally hides with Paulette, who has fainted, behind a curtain. To get rid of Max, Rene pulls the curtain just enough to reveal Sally's blonde hair. Furious, Sally leaves with Robin to return to Paris, and Rene follows, returning home to find the poor couple who had abandoned the child. After learning that Robin was an orphan left in the couple's care, and that the couple has six children of their own, Rene pays them 10,000 francs for Robin. Rene then gives Sally Paulette's cigarette case to discard and they kiss. +

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