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Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)

Passed | | Comedy | 20 June 1939 (USA)
A Midwesterner waitress, scheming to gold-dig her way to Paris, gets mixed up with a wealthy New York family.

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Gladys Lehman (screenplay), Ken Englund (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Melvyn Douglas ... Ronald Brooke
Joan Blondell ... Jenny Swanson
Walter Connolly ... Olaf Brand
Alan Curtis ... Tom Brand
Joan Perry ... Sylvia Brand
Isabel Jeans ... Caroline Brand
Stanley Brown ... Ted Dayton Jr.
Alexander D'Arcy ... Paul Kingston
Henry Hunter Henry Hunter ... Dennis Jeffers
Clarence Kolb ... Ted Dayton Sr.
Howard Hickman ... Jeffers - Brand's Butler (as Howard C. Hickman)
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Storyline

Jenny Swanson, a waitress on a college campus, confides to English Professor Ronald Brooke that she is willing to gold-dig and blackmail her way to a Paris vacation. Her journey lands her in the New York home of Brooke's future in-laws: the wealthy and fractious Brand family. Jenny charms grandpa Olaf, and seems on her way to landing a rich suitor but her conscience and her heart may lead her in another direction... Written by L. Hamre

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Taglines:

You can go to town on "Good Girls Go To Paris". (Trade paper ad). See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Good Girls Go to Paris, Too See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Columbia Pictures production number 42. See more »

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When Ronald is introduced to his class, a shadow of the boom microphone moves onto the blackboard upper left of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Brooke: You know this instant reminds me of one of old Aesop's fables - the one about the wolf in sheep's clothing, of course. Only in this instance, the wolf turns out to be an exchange professor from England. Of course, I realize how disappointed you must be that I haven't a long white beard and that however much of an old fluff I may be, it isn't apparent to the naked eye. I hope. All you have to do is to pass a rather stiff examination at the end of the term. And before I hear too many groans, let ...
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The dawn of the Manic Pixie Dreamgirl
4 February 2017 | by rholland-6See all my reviews

This is not a well crafted or written piece of cinema. I have been arbitrarily watching comedies from this era of late largely to stick my head in the sand from the horrors of the world at the moment. This film could easily be remade with some updates to the increasing gender equality in the world. The setup was unusually clever for one of these early romantic comedies, the characters were fun, some even had a bit of depth. Joan Blondell is utterly charming and her Jenny Swanson is the original Manic Pixie Dreamgirl, it is delightful fluff entertainment. The whole web of mistaken identity was probably clever for the time and a nod to A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Special appreciation to Walter Connolly's performance, his cartoonish exasperation and chemistry with Blondell were some of the best moments in the film. The actors are genuinely enjoying themselves.

Is the writing silly, sure, the dialog a bit basic, absolutely, but holy crap I enjoyed this ever so much more than anything I've seen in awhile.


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