Paris (1929 film)
|Directed by||Clarence G. Badger|
|Produced by||First National Pictures
|Written by||Martin Brown
E. Ray Goetz
Louise Closser Hale
Jason Robards Sr.
|Music by||Cole Porter
|Editing by||Edward Schroeder|
|Distributed by||Warner Brothers|
|Release dates||November 7, 1929|
|Running time||97 minutes|
Paris (1929) is a black-and-white musical comedy film with Technicolor sequences: four of ten reels were originally photographed in Technicolor. Paris was the fourth color movie released by Warner Bros.; the first three were The Desert Song, On with the Show and Gold Diggers of Broadway, all released in 1929. The film was adapted from the Cole Porter Broadway musical of the same name. The musical was Porter's first Broadway hit. No film elements of Paris are known to exist, although the complete soundtrack survives on Vitaphone disks.
Paris was the fourth movie Warner Brothers had made with their Technicolor contract. Paris used a color (Technicolor) process of red and green, at the time it was the third process of Technicolor.
Irene Bordoni is cast as Vivienne Rolland, a Parisian chorus girl in love with Massachusetts boy Andrew Sabbot (Jason Robards Sr.) Andrew's snobbish mother Cora (Louise Closser Hale) tries to break up the romance, and it is her scenes which give the film what little life it has. Jack Buchanan likewise makes his talking-picture debut as Guy Pennell, the leading man in Vivienne's revue.
- Irene Bordoni - Vivienne Rolland
- Jack Buchanan - Guy Pennell
- Louise Closser Hale - Cora Sabbot
- Jason Robards - Andrew Sabbot
- Zasu Pitts - Harriet
- Margaret Fielding - Brenda Kaley
Warner Bros. paid the celebrated French music hall star and Broadway chanteuse Irene Bordoni $10,000 a week to star in this film, playing the role she had originated on Broadway, introducing the enduring Porter standard "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love". While this film was being shot, the studio was in the process of completing their all-star revue The Show of Shows (1929), so they had Bordoni film a number for the revue. Their initial intention was to have Bordoni star in two musical features, but due to the poor box-office reception of Paris, they decided not to make any more films with her.
Paris utilized advertisements of a type which were common for its time, featuring the talking in the film and Irene Bordoni starring. One ad for Paris said "See the talking picture of the future".
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
- Paris at silentera.com
- Paris, original Broadway production at the Music Box Theatre, October 8 1928 to March 23 1929 totaling 195 performances; IBDb.com
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