April in Paris

April in Paris

Director: David Butler Cast: Doris Day, Ray Bolger, Claude Dauphin


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Thanks to a bureaucratic blunder, the US State Department invites brassy showgirl Doris Day to attend a chi-chi arts festival in Paris. En route to the City of Light, Day falls in love with diplomat corps flunkey Ray Bolger (who's responsible for the error), even though he's married to witchy Eve Miller. The marriage turns out to be invalid, clearing the path for a happy ending. None of the songs in April in Paris are worth remembering, though the dancing by Bolger and Day is well up to the standards of both performers. The romantic scenes, however, fail to hold up: after all, we're talking The Scarecrow and the World's Oldest Virgin here!

Product Details

Release Date: 11/28/2017
UPC: 0888574564681
Original Release: 1952
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 17,300

Special Features

Vintage Joe McDoakes Comedy Short So You Want to Wear the Pants; Classic Cartoon Terrier Stricken; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Dynamite Jackson
Ray Bolger S. Winthrop Putnam
Claude Dauphin Phillipe Fouquet
Eve Miller Marcia
George Givot Francois
Paul Harvey Secretary Sherman
Wilson Millar Sinclair Wilson
Raymond Largay Joseph Welmar
John Alvin Tracy
Jack Lomas Cab Driver
Herbert Farjean Joshua Stevens
Wilson Miller Sinclair Wilson
Jill Richards Actor

Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Vernon Duke Songwriter
David Forrest Sound/Sound Designer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Songwriter
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
William Jacobs Producer
Leo K. Kuter Art Director
Irene Morra Editor
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
C.A. Riggs Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Rose Screenwriter
Melville Shavelson Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- April in Paris
1. Title Tune Credits [1:15]
2. Tied Up in Red Tape [4:38]
3. Wrong Ethel, Wrong Hat [2:35]
4. It Must Be Good [2:19]
5. Backstage Bon Voyage [6:16]
6. Apirl in Paris (1) [2:08]
7. Keep Up The Good Work [3:26]
8. Life Is Such A Pleasure [5:38]
9. How Travel Can Unravel [2:15]
10. Handling Dynamite [2:43]
11. Give Me Your Lips [3:35]
12. Boiled Dinner, Stuffed Shirts [5:40]
13. Gala Galley (Aupres de Ma Blonde) [5:18]
14. I'm Gonna Ring the Bell Tonight [8:21]
15. Cabin Mates [4:41]
16. Mr. and Mrs. [2:18]
17. I Know A Place [1:39]
18. Honeymoon Sour [4:23]
19. Booby-Trapped [:47]
20. Opening Day, Openly Hostile [3:58]
21. Blustery April in Paris (2) [6:25]
22. That's What Maks Paris Paree [3:45]
23. Suffering Sam [6:17]
24. Family Man [4:24]
25. I Ask You; Finale [2:21]
26. Chapter 26 [2:44]
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:45]
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [6:51]
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [2:59]

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April in Paris 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like the review that I read at Barnes & Noble on this picture so I decided to write one myself. Reviewer, Hal Erikson rudely called Doris Day, the ''world's oldest virgin'' which is unfair to the legendary star who was 27 years old when she made ''April in Paris'', was married and had a ten year old son. Enough of this ''virgin'' routine! ''April in Paris'' was a mildly successful musical about Ethel ''Dynamite'' Jackson, a Broadway chorus girl who mistakenly is chosen to represent the United States at a Paris Festival. The mistake was made by S. Winthrop Putnam, of the State Department, who was supposed to invite Ethel Barrymore to take the trip. A committe thought it might be novel to have a chorus girl to represent the States and ''Dynamite'' accepts the offer. She's rather crude, so the officials try to polish her manners aboard ship before arriving in the City of Lights. During the excursion, she falls in love with Putnam and he with her. Putnam is engaged to a stuffy rich girl, Eve Miller, but he is not in love with her. Day also meets Philippe Fouquet (Claude Dauphin) a French stowaway who becomes her confidant aboard ship and later a friend when she reaches Paris. The conflict is Putnam's inability to make a choice between Dyamite and his fiance, whose father can elevate Putnam's political career. There are some interesting songs here. Doris Day is first seen performing a sassy number called ''It Must Be Good''. The song is done with about twenty other girls with Day singing lead. Shortly after, Day sings the centerpiece of the film, the Harburg/Duke beautiful and haunting standard, ''April in Paris'' which became a record hit for her. Aboard ship, Day and Bolger perform ''I Know a Place'' and later dance and sing the exhuberant ''I'm Gonna Ring the Bell Tonight'' and ''I'm Gonna Rock the Boat''. Ray Bolger (Putnam) hoofs up a volcanic storm. What a great dancer! Certainly in the same class as Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Gene Nelson. The title song, ''April in Paris'' is reprised by Dauphin as he sings it to Doris at a sidewalk cafe on a windy afternoon as they reflect on Dyamite's problems. He invites her to perform with him in a Paris nightclub where she stars in an enjoyable production number called ''That's What Makes Paris Paree''. There are other songs, but they are brief and talk/sung by Dauphin as he romances several ladies onboard ship. Fans of Doris Day will enjoy the picture, even though it is not in the league as some of her other great musical films like ''Calamity Jane'', ''Young at Heart'', ''The Pajama Game'', ''Billy Rose's Jumbo'' or ''Love Me or Leave Me''. The Technicolor photography was pretty and David Butler's direction was just right. Musical director, Ray Heindorf, did his usual professional job. The story is unimportant here, but watching a young Doris Day soar is a delight. The rest of the supporting cast is good including Paul Harvey, George Givot and Herbert Farjeon.