The Gaiety Girls (1938)

70 or 72-73 mins | Comedy | 18 March 1938

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HISTORY

The film was released in Great Britain under the title Paradise for Two . According to modern sources, the cast included H. F. Maltby ( Director ) and Finlay Currie ( Creditor ), and the film was budgeted at approximately ... More Less

The film was released in Great Britain under the title Paradise for Two . According to modern sources, the cast included H. F. Maltby ( Director ) and Finlay Currie ( Creditor ), and the film was budgeted at approximately £80,000. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12 Mar 1938.
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Film Daily
28 Feb 38
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Nov 37
p. 39.
New York Times
31 Mar 38
p. 15.
Variety
29 Dec 37
p. 19.
Variety
2 Mar 38
p. 25.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Supv art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus score
SOUND
Sd dir
DANCE
Dance dir
Jack Hubert's dances arr by
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"Kiss Me Good-night," "In a Paradise for Two When a Boy Meets a Girl" and "When You Hear Music
" words by William Kernell, music by Mischa Spoliansky.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Paradise for Two
Release Date:
18 March 1938
Premiere Information:
London opening: 22 December 1937
Copyright Claimant:
London Film Productions, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
27 January 1938
Copyright Number:
LP7884
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70 or 72-73
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
1823
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Paris, the chauffeur of millionaire playboy- stockbroker Rene Martin accidently splashes chorus girl Jeanette Dupont on her way to work at the Theatre Comicque. The chauffeur stops to apologize to the young lady and, discovering that she is late to work, offers her a ride in his limousine. On their way to the theater, they are involved in an automobile accident, and when Jeanette arrives late at the theater, she is fired. The chauffeur goes to the theater the next day to ask Jeanette to appear in court concerning the accident, and many of her fellow employees recognize the limousine as Martin's. A rumor then quickly circulates that Jeanette is having an affair with the playboy. When Jeanette returns to the theater to ask for her old job back, the producers immediately make her the star, hoping that her millionaire boyfriend will bankroll the nearly-bankrupt theater company. Jeanette allows the misconception to continue, as she knows the publicity will be good for her fledgling career. A dressmaker offers Jeanette a line of credit, but unknown to her, send the bill to Martin. As the gossip about her relationship with Martin grows, Jeanette receives lines of credit for hats, clothes, furs, and other expensive things, and all the bills are sent to Martin. Upon receiving the avalanche of bills, Martin goes to the theater to confront Jeanette about her ruse, but she mistakes him for reporter Paul Duval and begs him to pretend to be Martin in order to impress her producer. Martin goes along with Jeanette's plan, and falls in love with her. The theater's creditors demand a meeting with Martin, ... +


In Paris, the chauffeur of millionaire playboy- stockbroker Rene Martin accidently splashes chorus girl Jeanette Dupont on her way to work at the Theatre Comicque. The chauffeur stops to apologize to the young lady and, discovering that she is late to work, offers her a ride in his limousine. On their way to the theater, they are involved in an automobile accident, and when Jeanette arrives late at the theater, she is fired. The chauffeur goes to the theater the next day to ask Jeanette to appear in court concerning the accident, and many of her fellow employees recognize the limousine as Martin's. A rumor then quickly circulates that Jeanette is having an affair with the playboy. When Jeanette returns to the theater to ask for her old job back, the producers immediately make her the star, hoping that her millionaire boyfriend will bankroll the nearly-bankrupt theater company. Jeanette allows the misconception to continue, as she knows the publicity will be good for her fledgling career. A dressmaker offers Jeanette a line of credit, but unknown to her, send the bill to Martin. As the gossip about her relationship with Martin grows, Jeanette receives lines of credit for hats, clothes, furs, and other expensive things, and all the bills are sent to Martin. Upon receiving the avalanche of bills, Martin goes to the theater to confront Jeanette about her ruse, but she mistakes him for reporter Paul Duval and begs him to pretend to be Martin in order to impress her producer. Martin goes along with Jeanette's plan, and falls in love with her. The theater's creditors demand a meeting with Martin, and he gives the producers a check for one million francs. Jeanette learns of this, and, thinking that Martin has committed forgery, tells the producers everything. On opening night, the police arrive to arrest Martin, but immediately recognize the millionaire as himself. Meanwhile, Jeanette pleads with the producers not to prosecute Martin, and misses her stage cue. Martin then takes her place on stage and does an improvised tap- ballet number. After the show, Martin confess his true identity to Jeanette, and the two begin their true love affair. +

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

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