April in Paris (film)

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April in Paris
April in paris - title.jpg
Title card from the trailer
Directed byDavid Butler
Produced byWilliam Jacobs
Written byJack Rose
StarringDoris Day
Ray Bolger
Claude Dauphin
Eve Miller
George Givot
Paul Harvey
Music byVernon Duke
LeRoy Prinz
CinematographyWilfred M. Cline
Edited byIrene Morra
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • December 24, 1952 (1952-12-24)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.75 million (US)[1]

April in Paris is a 1952 American musical film directed by David Butler and starring Doris Day and Ray Bolger.


Winthrop Putnam (Ray Bolger) is the Assistant Secretary to the Assistant to the Undersecretary of State, and was formerly Assistant Assistant Secretary to the Assistant to the Undersecretary of State. He sends an invitation to Ethel Barrymore to represent the American theatre at an art exposition in Paris. Instead, the invitation is received and accepted by Ethel "Dynamite" Jackson (Doris Day), an All-American Broadway chorus girl. Ethel and Winthrop meet on the way to Paris and fall in love. However, Winthrop is engaged to Marcia Sherman (Eve Miller), daughter of his boss Secretary Robert Sherman (Paul Harvey). After a misunderstanding, Winthrop and Ethel ultimately end up together.


Actor Character
Doris Day Ethel S. "Dynamite" Jackson
Ray Bolger S. Winthrop Putnam
Claude Dauphin Philippe Fouquet
Eve Miller Marcia Sherman
George Givot François
Paul Harvey Secretary Robert Sherman
Herbert Farjeon Joshua Stevens
Wilson Millar Sinclair Wilson
Raymond Largay Joseph Welmar
John Alvin Tracy
Jack Lomas Cab Driver


  • "April in Paris" - Yip Harburg
    • This song was first a hit in 1932, composed by Vernon Duke and written by Harburg.
  • "It Must Be Good" - Doris Day
  • "I'm Gonna Ring the Bell Tonight" - Doris Day and Ray Bolger
  • "That's What Makes Paris Paree" - Doris Day and Claude Dauphin
  • "I'm Going to Rock the Boat" - Doris Day
  • "Give Me Your Lips" - Claude Dauphin
  • "I Ask You" - Doris Day, Ray Bolger, and Claude Dauphin
  • "The Place You Hold in My Heart (I Know a Place)" - Doris Day
  • "Auprès de ma blonde" - Claude Dauphin


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954

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