April in Paris (film)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
April in Paris
April in paris - title.jpg
Title card from the trailer
Directed by David Butler
Produced by William Jacobs
Written by Jack Rose
Starring Doris Day
Ray Bolger
Claude Dauphin
Eve Miller
George Givot
Paul Harvey
Music by Vernon Duke
LeRoy Prinz
Cinematography Wilfred M. Cline
Edited by Irene Morra
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release dates
  • December 24, 1952 (1952-12-24)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.75 million (US)[1]

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


Winthrop Putnam 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, 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, daughter of his boss Secretary Robert Sherman. After a misunderstanding, Winthrop and Ethel ultimately end up together.


  • "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
  • "That's What Makes Paris Paree" - Doris Day
  • "I'm Going to Rock the Boat" - Doris Day
  • "Give Me Your Lips" - Claude Dauphin
  • "I Ask You" - Doris Day and Ray Bolger
  • "The Place You Hold in My Heart" - Doris Day and Ray Bolger
  • "I Know a Place" - Doris Day and Ray Bolger
  • "Auprès de ma blonde" - Doris Day and Claude Dauphin


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


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

External links[edit]