Gold Diggers in Paris (1938)

95,97 or 100 mins | Musical | 11 June 1938

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HISTORY

The Var review notes that Vallee does brief imitations of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Maurice Chevalier in the film. For more information on Warner Bros.' "Gold Digger" pictures, See Entry for Gold Diggers of 1933. ...

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The Var review notes that Vallee does brief imitations of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Maurice Chevalier in the film. For more information on Warner Bros.' "Gold Digger" pictures, See Entry for Gold Diggers of 1933.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 May 1938
p. 3
Film Daily
17 May 1938
p. 11
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jan 1938
pp. 38-39
Hollywood Reporter
7 Mar 1938
pp. 22-23
Hollywood Reporter
12 May 1938
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
24 May 1938
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald
19 Mar 1938
p. 39
Motion Picture Herald
21 May 1938
p. 30
New York Times
2 Jun 1938
p. 19
Variety
25 May 1938
p. 12
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story
Story
Idea by
Idea by
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Mus numbers photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Orch arr
DANCE
Mus numbers created and dir by
SOURCES
SONGS
"I Wanna Go Back to Bali," "Latin Quarter," Let's Drink to a Dream," "Put That Down in Writing," "Stranger in Paree" and "Waltz of the Flowers," music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Al Dubin; "My Adventure" and "Daydreaming All Night Long," music and lyrics by Harry Warren and Johnny Mercer; "Colonel Corn," music and lyrics by Freddie Fisher.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
+
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
+
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 June 1938
Production Date:
mid Jan--early Mar 1938
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
8 April 1938
LP8085
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
95,97 or 100
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4149
SYNOPSIS

When the Paris Exhibition decides to hold an International Dance Festival, Maurice Giraud is dispatched to the United States to contact the American Academy Ballet. Giraud confuses the ballet with the bankrupt Club Bali, which is owned by Terry Moore and Duke Dennis, and, charmed by the showgirls, invites them to Paris, all expenses paid. Terry and Duke jump at the chance to leave town and hire ballet teacher Luis Leoni to teach the dancers some ballet on the way to Europe. In addition, they hire Leoni's sole remaining student, Kay Morrow, whom Terry finds very attractive. The final member of the troupe is Mona, Terry's ex-wife, who arranges things so that she and Kay are roommates. Padrinsky, the head of the real American Academy Ballet, learns what has happened and cables the ship. Giraud is upset until a "talking dog," actually a ventriolquist hired by Terry and Duke, persuades him that Terry and Duke are telling the truth and Padrinsky is a liar. In Paris, the bluff works until Pierre Le Brec, a member of the festival, decides to visit rehearsals. To fool Le Brec, Kay suggests that they confine rehearsals to her balletic numbers. Meanwhile, Duke befriends Mike Coogan, a gangster, who unknown to Duke, has been sent to get rid of him and Terry for Padrinsky. When Duke tells Mike that there is a man making trouble for him, Mike offers to "take care of him." Duke describes Le Brec to Mike, but by accident, Mike knocks out Leoni. Although Le Brec loves Kay's numbers, when Padrinsky turns up in Paris, he demands that the entire Club ...

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When the Paris Exhibition decides to hold an International Dance Festival, Maurice Giraud is dispatched to the United States to contact the American Academy Ballet. Giraud confuses the ballet with the bankrupt Club Bali, which is owned by Terry Moore and Duke Dennis, and, charmed by the showgirls, invites them to Paris, all expenses paid. Terry and Duke jump at the chance to leave town and hire ballet teacher Luis Leoni to teach the dancers some ballet on the way to Europe. In addition, they hire Leoni's sole remaining student, Kay Morrow, whom Terry finds very attractive. The final member of the troupe is Mona, Terry's ex-wife, who arranges things so that she and Kay are roommates. Padrinsky, the head of the real American Academy Ballet, learns what has happened and cables the ship. Giraud is upset until a "talking dog," actually a ventriolquist hired by Terry and Duke, persuades him that Terry and Duke are telling the truth and Padrinsky is a liar. In Paris, the bluff works until Pierre Le Brec, a member of the festival, decides to visit rehearsals. To fool Le Brec, Kay suggests that they confine rehearsals to her balletic numbers. Meanwhile, Duke befriends Mike Coogan, a gangster, who unknown to Duke, has been sent to get rid of him and Terry for Padrinsky. When Duke tells Mike that there is a man making trouble for him, Mike offers to "take care of him." Duke describes Le Brec to Mike, but by accident, Mike knocks out Leoni. Although Le Brec loves Kay's numbers, when Padrinsky turns up in Paris, he demands that the entire Club Bali group leave the hotel. Kay and Terry have fallen in love, but when Kay discovers by accident that Mona and Terry were married, she believes that Terry consciously omitted telling her about his divorce and breaks off their relationship. Nonetheless, she forces her way into Le Brec's office to beg him not to deport the dancers. She then manages to sneak Mike and Padrinski's names onto the deportation orders and rushes back to organize the company for the contest. The troupe competes and wins the contest, while Kay and Terry are reconciled.

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