|Directed by||Clarence G. Badger|
|Written by||Martin Brown |
E. Ray Goetz
Hope Loring (titles)
|Produced by||Robert North|
Louise Closser Hale
Jason Robards Sr.
|Edited by||Edward Schroeder|
|Music by||Cole Porter |
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.|
Paris was the fourth color film released by Warner Bros.; the first three were The Desert Song (although it was only a part-color film), On with the Show, and Gold Diggers of Broadway, all released in 1929. (Song of the West was actually completed by June 1929 but had its release delayed until March 1930). The film was adapted from the Cole Porter Broadway musical of the same name. The musical was Porter's first Broadway hit. Only fragment film elements of Paris are known to exist, although the complete soundtrack survives on Vitaphone disks. The sound tape reels for this film survive at UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Paris was the fourth film Warner Brothers made with their Technicolor contract. The filmmakers used a color (Technicolor) process of red and green, at the time it was the third process of Technicolor.
Irène 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. Jack Buchanan likewise makes his talking-picture debut as Guy Pennell, the leading man in Vivienne's revue.
- Irène Bordoni as Vivienne Rolland
- Jack Buchanan as Guy Pennell
- Louise Closser Hale as Cora Sabbot
- Jason Robards as Andrew Sabbot
- ZaSu Pitts as Harriet
- Margaret Fielding as Brenda Kaley
Warner Bros. paid the celebrated French music hall star and Broadway chanteuse Irène 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 used advertisements of a type which were common for its time, featuring the talking in the film and Irène Bordoni starring. One ad for Paris said "See the talking picture of the future".
One of the color reels from Paris exists at the British Film Institute (BFI) archive. The complete soundtrack also survives on Vitaphone disks. The sound tape reels for this film survive at UCLA Film and Television Archive. According to the George Eastman Museum 2015 book The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935, there are three fragments at the Seaver Center. In 2018 BFI discovered a one-minute Technicolor fragment being used as a film leader, along with fragments of various other films, which are included in video posted to YouTube on April 27, 2018.
According to Warner Bros records the film earned $632,000 domestically and $541,000 in other markets.
- List of early color feature films
- List of early sound feature films (1926–1929)
- List of incomplete or partially lost films
- Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 10 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
- The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
- Progressive Silent Film List : Paris at silentera.com
- 1957 MOVIES FROM AAP Warner Bros Features & Cartoons SALES BOOK DIRECTED AT TV
- Paris, original Broadway production at the Music Box Theatre, October 8 1928 to March 23 1929 totaling 195 performances; IBDb.com
- BFI film record
- Early Technicolor discoveries from the BFI National Archive, archived from the original on December 15, 2021, retrieved April 14, 2021 (clip starts at 7:00)