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They Had to See Paris (1929)

Passed | | Comedy | 18 September 1929 (USA)
Oklahoma mechanic Pike Peters finds himself part owner of an oil field. His wife Idy, hitherto content, decides the family must go to Paris to get "culture" and meet "the right kind of ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Owen Davis (by), Homer Croy (from a novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Will Rogers ... Pike Peters
Irene Rich ... Mrs. Idy Peters
Owen Davis Jr. ... Ross Peters
Marguerite Churchill ... Opal Peters
Fifi D'Orsay ... Fifi
Rex Bell ... Clark McCurdy
Ivan Lebedeff ... Marquis de Brissac
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Oklahoma mechanic Pike Peters finds himself part owner of an oil field. His wife Idy, hitherto content, decides the family must go to Paris to get "culture" and meet "the right kind of people." Pike and his grown son and daughter soon have flirtatious French admirers; Idy rents a chateau from an impoverished aristocrat; while Pike responds to each new development with homespun wit. In the inevitable clash, will pretentiousness and sophistication or common sense triumph? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Let America's Foremost Humorist Show You the Wide Open Spaces of Montmarte (Print Ad-The Chehalis Bee-Nugget, ((Chehalis, Wash.)) 6 December 1929) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eles Tinham que Ver Paris See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Silent (alternate version)| Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Quotes

Fifi: What is that - Coca-Cola?
Pike Peters: That's, uh... That's the champagne of America.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released in both sound and silent versions. See more »

Connections

Followed by Down to Earth (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

MADELON
(1914) (uncredited)
Written by Camille Robert
Lyrics by Louis Bousquet
Performed by Fifi's player piano
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Good early talkie Will Rogers comedy
24 October 2010 | by mush-2See all my reviews

It starts out slow going and suffers from the early talkie stodginess. But once Will Rogers and family hit Paris, it picks up and has some genuinely funny moments. Example, Rogers sees his daughter and boyfriend clad in white fencing uniforms and says, "Ya got the Kulu Klux Klan here too?"

The humor is on the Beverly Hillbillies level of the clash between the crude if honest Americans vs. the effete French aristocracy. As another reviewer mentioned, the plot closely follows Dodsworth, which is a much finer film. Still it has its moments, mostly belonging to Will Rogers and Fifi D'Orsay who theater buffs will recall from the original cast of Sondheim's 1970's Follies.

Borzage does good work with the cast , especially Rogers from whom he coaxes some sensitive moments. Worth seeing for especially for Borzage or Rogers fans.


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