The Rage of Paris (1938)

75 or 78 mins | Romantic comedy | 1 July 1938

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HISTORY

The Call Bureau Cast Service lists the name of Danielle Darrieux's character as Michele although she is called Nicole in the film. This was Darrieux's first American film. After her highly touted performance in the 1936 French film Mayerling , critics predicted stardom for her. The Rage of Paris had a premiere-style preview at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood on 9 Jun 1938, according to MPH . Later, the film won an Acting Prize at the 1938 Venice Film Festival. According to modern sources Broadway musical comedy star Mary Martin made her motion picture debut in a "bit" in this film. Contemporary sources confirm that Martin worked as a singing double for Margaret Sullavan in the M-G-M film The Shopworn Angel , which was made at about the same time as The Rage of Paris , and that film may have marked her first work in motion ... More Less

The Call Bureau Cast Service lists the name of Danielle Darrieux's character as Michele although she is called Nicole in the film. This was Darrieux's first American film. After her highly touted performance in the 1936 French film Mayerling , critics predicted stardom for her. The Rage of Paris had a premiere-style preview at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood on 9 Jun 1938, according to MPH . Later, the film won an Acting Prize at the 1938 Venice Film Festival. According to modern sources Broadway musical comedy star Mary Martin made her motion picture debut in a "bit" in this film. Contemporary sources confirm that Martin worked as a singing double for Margaret Sullavan in the M-G-M film The Shopworn Angel , which was made at about the same time as The Rage of Paris , and that film may have marked her first work in motion pictures. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
9 Jun 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Jun 38
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 38
p. 2, 18-19.
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 38
pp. 14-15.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jun 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
13 Jun 38
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
28 May 38
p. 60.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Jun 38
p. 39.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Sep 38
p. 64.
New York Times
2 Jul 38
p. 10.
Variety
15 Jun 38
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Charles R. Rogers in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
Orig story and scr
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 July 1938
Production Date:
21 March--mid May 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co.
Copyright Date:
29 June 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8112
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75 or 78
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4204
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

At the Tower Modeling Agency in New York City, unemployed Nicole de Cortillon, a former Parisian, lies her way into the office of the boss, Mr. Wright. She leaves angrily, however, when he offers her a job posing in the nude for an artist. Moments later, Nicole thinks better of the paying position and grabs what she believes is the job's address from Wright's desk. After arriving at the office of advertising executive Jim Trevor, she starts to undress. Jim suspects her of trying to set him up for a blackmail scheme and when Nicole realizes that he is not the photographer, she flees. Nicole then learns that her landlady has locked her out for being behind in the rent. Another lodger, Gloria, takes in Nicole and introduces her to Mike, a friend and waiter at the Savoy Grand Hotel. Mike has saved $3,000 to buy a restaurant of his own, but still needs another $2,000. Gloria believes that the only job for a woman is marriage and persuades Mike to invest his savings to establish the beautiful Nicole as a rich, eligible girl in the hope that she will capture and marry a wealthy man. With Gloria impersonating Nicole's aunt and chaperone, Mike arranges for her to take a room in the Savoy across from multi-millionaire William Jerome Duncan. Nicole pretends to mistake Bill for a childhood friend, kissing him, then withdraws in shame as the "error" is realized. Bill is enchanted by the beautiful woman and takes Nicole and Gloria to the opera. There, he encounters his old friend, Jim, who recognizes Nicole. At a celebration afterward, Jim threatens to tell ... +


At the Tower Modeling Agency in New York City, unemployed Nicole de Cortillon, a former Parisian, lies her way into the office of the boss, Mr. Wright. She leaves angrily, however, when he offers her a job posing in the nude for an artist. Moments later, Nicole thinks better of the paying position and grabs what she believes is the job's address from Wright's desk. After arriving at the office of advertising executive Jim Trevor, she starts to undress. Jim suspects her of trying to set him up for a blackmail scheme and when Nicole realizes that he is not the photographer, she flees. Nicole then learns that her landlady has locked her out for being behind in the rent. Another lodger, Gloria, takes in Nicole and introduces her to Mike, a friend and waiter at the Savoy Grand Hotel. Mike has saved $3,000 to buy a restaurant of his own, but still needs another $2,000. Gloria believes that the only job for a woman is marriage and persuades Mike to invest his savings to establish the beautiful Nicole as a rich, eligible girl in the hope that she will capture and marry a wealthy man. With Gloria impersonating Nicole's aunt and chaperone, Mike arranges for her to take a room in the Savoy across from multi-millionaire William Jerome Duncan. Nicole pretends to mistake Bill for a childhood friend, kissing him, then withdraws in shame as the "error" is realized. Bill is enchanted by the beautiful woman and takes Nicole and Gloria to the opera. There, he encounters his old friend, Jim, who recognizes Nicole. At a celebration afterward, Jim threatens to tell Bill how he met her, but she lies to explain the situation and make Bill jealous. Jim, believing Nicole only wants to marry and divorce Bill to receive alimony, locks her in his apartment, but she outsmarts his butler, Rigley, and escapes. As Bill celebrates his engagement to Nicole by introducing her to his enormous family, Jim enters, and the two men quarrel. When Nicole follows Jim to his car, he abducts her and takes her to his cottage in the country, where the caretaker mistakes the couple for newlyweds. Finally, Nicole tells Jim the true scheme and says that she has fallen in love with him, but he still believes the worst of her. Nicole takes the milk truck back to the city. Bill, fearing a breach of promise suit, agrees with Mike's plan to send Nicole back to Paris, for which Mike receives $5,000. After Bill brags that he has escaped cheaply, Jim tells him he is going to marry Nicole. Jim meets Nicole on a ship and arranges for a wedding at sea. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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