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So This Is Paris (1954)
Starring Tony Curtis and Gloria DeHaven

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
Tony Curtis makes his musical-comedy debut in the frolicsome Universal production So This is Paris. Curtis, Gene Nelson and Paul Gilbert play three American sailors on leave in the City of Light. In record time, the trio makes the acquaintance of three lovely lasses: Gloria de Haven, Corinne Calvert and Mara Corday. Before the boys' 24 hours are up, they are inveigled into staging a benefit show for a group of tousle-haired war orphans. The whole thing resembles a Gallic variation of MGM's On the Town. So This is Paris was directed by Richard Quine in much the same manner as his previous musical confections for Columbia Pictures.
Director: Richard Quine

Writers: Ray Buffum (story), Charles Hoffman (screenplay)

Stars: Tony Curtis, Gloria DeHaven, Gene Nelson, Corinne Calvet, Paul Gilbert, Mara Corday, Pat Horn
Songs include:

Music by Phil Moody
Lyrics by Doris Sherrell
Performed by Tony Curtis, Gene Nelson and Paul Gilbert

Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
French lyrics by Tanis Chandler
Performed in French by Gloria DeHaven and dancers

Music by Phil Moody
Lyrics by Doris Sherrell
Performed by Gene Nelson

Music by Phil Moody
Lyrics by Doris Sherrell
Performed by Tony Curtis and Gloria DeHaven

Music by Phil Moody
Lyrics by Doris Sherrell
Performed by Gene Nelson and Gloria DeHaven

Music by Phil Moody
Lyrics by Doris Sherrell
Performed by Tony Curtis, Gloria DeHaven and children

Music by Phil Moody
Lyrics by Doris Sherrell
Performed by Tony Curtis, Gene Nelson and Paul Gilbert

Music by Phil Moody
Lyrics by Doris Sherrell
Performed by Tony Curtis, Gene Nelson and Paul Gilbert

Music by Phil Moody
Lyrics by Doris Sherrell
Performed by Paul Gilbert

Music by Phil Moody
Lyrics by Doris Sherrell
Performed by chorus

Early in his career at Universal, Tony Curtis was up for all kinds of roles from boxing noir (Flesh and Fury) to yeoman grade costume adventures (Black Shield of Falworth). Tony brought a fresh, free-spirited likability to just about every genre, and this light-hearted musical about three sailors on leave in Paris is no exception; he sings well, he dances with abandon, and he ingratiates the charm with a beginner's ease.
Co-star Gene Nelson was an expert dancer with years of experience, and gets several opportunities to charm the audience (and the girl) and Paul Gilbert saves the day during a final revue staged for a War Orphan benefit. Gloria De Haven, largely forgotten today, evokes a natural performance as a singer/dancer transplanted to postwar Paris, and Corinne Calvet and Mara Corday fill in the girlfriend gaps with looks and ease. All this in Glorious Technicolor and a well-paced 90 minutes makes a perfect popcorn movie for a Saturday afternoon.
The songs were written by the totally unknown team of Moody and Sherrill. They also wrote songs for Gilbert's "The Second Greatest Sex" and "Fresh from Paris". This is all that is known about them. The songs are melodic and catchy. It is not Sondheim, but it is not meant to be. The musical arrangements are by Henry Mancini; it is early in Mancini's career and he still has not found his trademark French horn and strings combination. He is still writing in a big band style. This film is fast, light and fun, and movie musical fans looking for some good, obscure songs will be delighted with it.
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Stars: Leslie Howard, Kay Francis, William Gargan, Phillip Reed, Irving Pichel, Ivan Simpson, Halliwell Hobbes, J Carrol Naish, Walter Byron, Cesar Romero

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Stars: Boris Karloff, Margaret Lindsay, Bruce Lester, Leonard Mudie, Holmes Herbert

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Stars: Paul Lukas, Leila Hyams, Patricia Ellis, Phillip Reed, Onslow Stevens, Dorothy Burgess, Lilian Bond, Joyce Compton

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Stars: Wini Shaw, Genevieve Tobin, Lyle Talbot, Allen Jenkins, Phil Regan, Marie Wilson, Spring Byington

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Stars: Victor McLaglen, Marjorie Woodworth, Dennis O'Keefe

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Stars: Robert Taylor, Eleanor Powell, George Murphy, Binnie Barnes, Buddy Ebsen, Sophie Tucker, Judy Garland

This third entry in MGM's "Broadway Melody" series may not have been the biggest or best, but thanks to a masterpiece of casting it is one of the most memorable of the batch. Signed by MGM in 1935, 15-year-old Judy Garland made her first feature-film appearance under the aegis of Leo the Lion, immediately capturing the hearts of moviegoers everywhere by singing "You Made Me Love You" to a photograph of Clark Gable (a sequence that has since been excerpted countless times in TV and movie documentaries). She later shares a song-and-dance number with gangly Buddy Ebsen, making an impressive entrance in a white midget car (Ebsen would later be cast as the Tin Man in Judy's The Wizard of Oz, only to be replaced by Jack Haley when he fell ill during shooting). The presence of Garland, coupled with several superlative dance solos by Eleanor Powell and a spectacular musical finale, tends to make one forget about the plot, which has something to do with a racehorse owned by heroine Sally Lee (Powell). The horse wins the Grand Steeplechase, the prize money is poured into the stage production previously bankrolled by Steve Raleigh (Robert Taylor), and the Show Goes On. Movies fans of the 1930s with long memories were gratified to see such old vaudeville favorites as Sophie Tucker and Willie Howard in the cast, even if their material wasn't quite up to standard. Interestingly, one of the best comic turns is performed by "professional sneezer" Robert Wildhack -- leaving another famed movie sneezer, Billy Gilbert, with virtually nothing to do! On the other hand, Robert Benchley is his usual droll self, managing to score a comic bullseye despite all the lavish and noisy competition around him. Broadway Melody of 1938 was followed by a 1940 sequel, distinguished by the "challenge dance" between returnee Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire.
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