Playboy of Paris

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Playboy of Paris
Directed by Ludwig Berger
Produced by Ludwig Berger
Written by Tristan Bernard (play)
Percy Heath
Vincent Lawrence
Starring Maurice Chevalier
Frances Dee
O.P. Heggie
Stuart Erwin
Music by Howard Jackson
John Leipold
Cinematography Henry W. Gerrard
Edited by Merrill G. White
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
October 31, 1930[1]
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Playboy of Paris is a 1930 American Pre-Code musical comedy film directed by Ludwig Berger and starring Maurice Chevalier, Frances Dee (in her film debut), and O.P. Heggie. It was based on a 1911 play The Little Cafe by Tristan Bernard which had previously been adapted into a 1919 French silent film.[1] Paramount produced a separate French-language version The Little Cafe, also starring Chevalier. The film introduced the song "My Ideal", which became a jazz standard.


Albert Loriflan, a waiter in a Paris cafe, unexpectedly inherits a large sum of money from a wealthy relative. His unscrupulous boss, Philibert, refuses to release him from his long-term contract in the hope that Albert will buy him off with a large payment. But Albert refuses, and continues to work at the cafe even though he is now very rich. Before long he falls in love with Philibert's daughter Yvonne.

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  1. ^ a b Bradley, p. 118


  • Bradley, Edwin M. The First Hollywood Musicals: A Critical Filmography Of 171 Features, 1927 Through 1932. McFarland, 2004.

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