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Innocents of Paris marked the American motion picture debut of French singer-actor Maurice Chevalier (1888--1972), who became one of the most popular stars of the early 1930s. "Louise," which Chevalier sang in the film, became a signature tune throughout his career. For additional information on Chevalier's American film career, please consult the entries above and below for Folies Bergére de Paris (1935), Man About Town (1947) and Can-Can ... More Less

Innocents of Paris marked the American motion picture debut of French singer-actor Maurice Chevalier (1888--1972), who became one of the most popular stars of the early 1930s. "Louise," which Chevalier sang in the film, became a signature tune throughout his career. For additional information on Chevalier's American film career, please consult the entries above and below for Folies Bergére de Paris (1935), Man About Town (1947) and Can-Can (1960). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
28 Apr 1929
p. 9.
New York Times
27 Apr 1929
p. 16.
New York Times
25 Aug 1929
Sec. VIII, p. 5.
Photoplay
Jul 1929
p. 54.
Variety
1 May 1929
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Innocents of Paris by Clarence Edward Andrews (New York, 1928).
SONGS
"Louise," "It's a Habit of Mine," "On Top of the World Alone" and "Wait 'til You See Ma Chérie," words by Leo Robin, music by Richard A. Whiting.
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 May 1929
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 26 April 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 May 1929
Copyright Number:
LP407
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 7,816 ft.
Duration(in mins):
78
Length(in feet):
6,148
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Maurice Marny, a Paris junk dealer, jumps into the Seine to save little Jo-Jo, whose mother committed suicide, and takes the child to his grandfather, Émile Leval. Maurice falls in love with the boy's aunt, Louise, but Émile bitterly opposes the match. In the Flea Market, where he sings, Maurice attracts the attention of Monsieur Renard, a theater manager, and his wife, who offer him a part in their revue. Broken-hearted, Louise tries to persuade him to give up the stage, but to no avail. Émile, learning of their love, sets out for the theater with a pistol, but Louise has him arrested for attempted murder to protect Maurice and in desperation confesses her plot. Maurice returns to the theater and performs as a junkman rather than as the prince for which he is billed, and, triumphant, he renounces his career for the love of ... +


Maurice Marny, a Paris junk dealer, jumps into the Seine to save little Jo-Jo, whose mother committed suicide, and takes the child to his grandfather, Émile Leval. Maurice falls in love with the boy's aunt, Louise, but Émile bitterly opposes the match. In the Flea Market, where he sings, Maurice attracts the attention of Monsieur Renard, a theater manager, and his wife, who offer him a part in their revue. Broken-hearted, Louise tries to persuade him to give up the stage, but to no avail. Émile, learning of their love, sets out for the theater with a pistol, but Louise has him arrested for attempted murder to protect Maurice and in desperation confesses her plot. Maurice returns to the theater and performs as a junkman rather than as the prince for which he is billed, and, triumphant, he renounces his career for the love of Louise. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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