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Café Metropole (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 7 May 1937 (USA)
In Paris, a young American is in debt to a nightclub owner, who forces him to woo an heiress in hopes of reaping her fortune.

Director:

Edward H. Griffith

Writers:

Jacques Deval (screen play), Gregory Ratoff (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Laura Ridgeway
Tyrone Power ... Alexander Brown aka Alexis
Adolphe Menjou ... Monsieur Victor
Gregory Ratoff ... Paul / Real Prince Alexis Paneiev
Charles Winninger ... Joseph Ridgeway
Helen Westley ... Margaret Ridgeway
Christian Rub ... Maxl Schinner
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Monsieur Leon Monnet
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Captain
Leonid Kinskey ... Artist
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Arthur Cleveland Thorndyke
Paul Porcasi ... Police Official
André Cheron André Cheron ... Croupier (as Andre Cheron)
George Beranger ... Hat Clerk (as Andre Beranger)
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Storyline

Victor Lobard, the smooth and nimble owner of the Café Metropole in Paris, has only ten days to replace a small fortune he embezzled from the business; he and a clerk face prison if he fails. He thinks he's won the money at a casino then learns he's in possession of a rubber check written by Alexander Brown, a well-mannered but penniless Yank. Lobard cooks up a scheme: to have Brown pretend to be a Russian prince, woo a visiting American, and get her rich father to give Brown the money Lobard needs. Several problems: Brown's not a very good impostor, a real Russian prince presents himself, and the two young people fall in love. Does prison await or do wild strawberries? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Russian

Release Date:

7 May 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cafe Metropole See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Among the photos in Monsieur Victor Lobard's office are Warner Baxter, Shirley Temple, Will Rogers, Alice Faye, Rochelle Hudson, Thomas Beck, all Fox players, plus Gloria Swanson, Jack Dempsey, and Charles Chaplin. See more »

Quotes

Paul: Have you forgotten who I am? Do you realize that Panaieff is the name of the family who for the last 300 years were related to the czars of Russia 25 times? 5 times legitimately! Why I'd rather have my blood changed to borscht.
[mumbles]
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Vintage Charm
7 August 2009 | by mll1-2See all my reviews

It must be 35 years or so since I saw this film in an "Art House" Theatre. But it still has left one, strong, lingering impression.

There is one scene on the dance floor that took my breath away. Power is wearing a tailcoat and white tie. Young is in a satin floor length gown that clung to even inch of her elegant form. They were dancing like a young god and goddess.

I remember thinking, "At that moment in time, they had to be the two most beautiful people on the face of the earth." I recall nothing else about the film save this moment. But it's quite sufficient.

Sometimes, all it takes is just one scene to leave an impression that makes the memory of a film vivid for decades. In an era when class and style are neither appreciated, celebrated or understood, a film like this is a reminder of these words mean -- or at least meant.


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