That Girl from Paris (1937)

102 or 104-105 mins | Musical comedy | 1 January 1937

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Street Girl . Sources differ on the film's release date. MPH 's release charts give 22 Jan 1937 as the release date, while RKO studio records list 1 Jan 1937 as the release. Although Hugh McDowell, Jr. received screen credit for sound recording, John O. Aalberg, the head of RKO's sound department, was nominated for an Academy Award for this film. Modern sources give the following additional cast credits: Pat Hartigan as "Immigration officer," and Michael Mark, Louis Mercier and Richard Carle as bit players. In 1929, Wesley Ruggles directed Betty Compson and John Harron in RKO's first version of W. Carey Wonderly's story called Street Girl (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5436). Jack Hively directed Anne Shirley, Desi Arnaz and Ray Bolger in a 1941 RKO version of the story, Four Jacks and a Jill ... More Less

The working title of this film was Street Girl . Sources differ on the film's release date. MPH 's release charts give 22 Jan 1937 as the release date, while RKO studio records list 1 Jan 1937 as the release. Although Hugh McDowell, Jr. received screen credit for sound recording, John O. Aalberg, the head of RKO's sound department, was nominated for an Academy Award for this film. Modern sources give the following additional cast credits: Pat Hartigan as "Immigration officer," and Michael Mark, Louis Mercier and Richard Carle as bit players. In 1929, Wesley Ruggles directed Betty Compson and John Harron in RKO's first version of W. Carey Wonderly's story called Street Girl (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.5436). Jack Hively directed Anne Shirley, Desi Arnaz and Ray Bolger in a 1941 RKO version of the story, Four Jacks and a Jill . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
14 Dec 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Dec 36
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 36
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 36
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 36
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Dec 36
pp. 7-11.
Motion Picture Daily
14 Dec 36
p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Oct 36
p. 41, 44
Motion Picture Herald
19 Dec 36
p. 56.
New York Times
1 Jan 37
p. 19.
Variety
6 Jan 37
p. 40.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Pandro S. Berman Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Story
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the short story "Viennese Charmer" by W. Carey Wonderly in Young's Magazine (Mar 1928).
SONGS
"Una voce poco fa," from the opera The Barber of Seville , music by Gioacchino Antonio Rossini, libretto by Cesare Sterbini
"Tarantella," music and lyrics by Heinrich Panofka
"Call to Arms," "Love and Learn," "Seal It with a Kiss," "Nephew from Nice" and "Moonface," music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Edward Heyman
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SONGS
"Una voce poco fa," from the opera The Barber of Seville , music by Gioacchino Antonio Rossini, libretto by Cesare Sterbini
"Tarantella," music and lyrics by Heinrich Panofka
"Call to Arms," "Love and Learn," "Seal It with a Kiss," "Nephew from Nice" and "Moonface," music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Edward Heyman
"Blue Danube Waltz," music by Johann Strauss, added lyrics by Ralph Freed.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Street Girl
Release Date:
1 January 1937
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 31 December 1936
Production Date:
19 September--mid November 1936
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 December 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6867
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
102 or 104-105
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2686
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the middle of her arranged wedding to financier Paul DeVry, Parisian opera star Nicole "Nikki" Martin suddenly rebels and takes off in search of love and adventure in the country. While hitchhiking, Nikki meets handsome American musician Windy McClean and, although he spites her, makes up her mind to follow him back to New York. Without revealing her identity, Nikki stows away on the ship on which Windy and his group, "McClean's Wildcats," are performers and is later discovered in their room by a steward. Nikki is locked up, and Windy, Whammo, Butch and Frank, "McClean's Wildcats," are fired. Still determined to be with Windy, Nikki escapes the ship in New York and locates the band's apartment a few steps ahead of the immigration officials. Once they turn away the authorities, the men demand that Nikki leave, but she stubbornly refuses until the men start undressing in front of her. At that moment, however, policemen are spotted outside, and afraid that they will be implicated, the quartet hauls the fleeing singer back to the apartment. The next morning, dancer Clair Williams, Windy's girl friend, shows up with a Mr. Hammacher, who offers them a low-paying job performing at his roadhouse. Anxious to depart, Windy and company accept the offer and, with Nikki in tow, leave the city. At the roadhouse, Nikki stuns the crowds with her singing, but a jealous Clair informs on her and sends the group running once again. To solve Nikki's problem, all of the men volunteer to marry her, then at Whammo's suggestion, they cut cards for her. Whammo cheats and wins but, seeing Windy's genuine ... +


In the middle of her arranged wedding to financier Paul DeVry, Parisian opera star Nicole "Nikki" Martin suddenly rebels and takes off in search of love and adventure in the country. While hitchhiking, Nikki meets handsome American musician Windy McClean and, although he spites her, makes up her mind to follow him back to New York. Without revealing her identity, Nikki stows away on the ship on which Windy and his group, "McClean's Wildcats," are performers and is later discovered in their room by a steward. Nikki is locked up, and Windy, Whammo, Butch and Frank, "McClean's Wildcats," are fired. Still determined to be with Windy, Nikki escapes the ship in New York and locates the band's apartment a few steps ahead of the immigration officials. Once they turn away the authorities, the men demand that Nikki leave, but she stubbornly refuses until the men start undressing in front of her. At that moment, however, policemen are spotted outside, and afraid that they will be implicated, the quartet hauls the fleeing singer back to the apartment. The next morning, dancer Clair Williams, Windy's girl friend, shows up with a Mr. Hammacher, who offers them a low-paying job performing at his roadhouse. Anxious to depart, Windy and company accept the offer and, with Nikki in tow, leave the city. At the roadhouse, Nikki stuns the crowds with her singing, but a jealous Clair informs on her and sends the group running once again. To solve Nikki's problem, all of the men volunteer to marry her, then at Whammo's suggestion, they cut cards for her. Whammo cheats and wins but, seeing Windy's genuine love, bows out to his friend. At the impromptu marriage ceremony, however, Nikki finds out about the card cutting and runs back to the waiting arms of Paul DeVry. The group gags and ties Windy and, in the middle of Nikki's second lavish wedding, ambushes her and the minister, who then marries the new couple in the getaway limousine. +

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