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This Was Paris (1942)

Approved | | War, Drama | 21 March 1942 (USA)
On the eve of the Nazi occupation, spies in Paris try to outguess each other


John Harlow


Gordon Wellesley (original story), Basil Woon (original story) | 2 more credits »


Complete credited cast:
Ann Dvorak ... Ann Morgan
Ben Lyon ... Butch, Sydney Chronicle Reporter
Griffith Jones ... Capt. Bill Hamilton, MI5
Robert Morley ... Van Der Stuyl
Harold Huth Harold Huth ... Count Raul De La Vague
Mary Maguire ... Blossom Leroy - Butch's Girlfriend
Vera Bogetti Vera Bogetti ... Mme. Florien
Harry Welchman ... Forsyth, MI5
Frederick Burtwell Frederick Burtwell ... J.B. Entwhisle, Butch's Editor
Marian Spencer Marian Spencer ... Lady Muriel
Billy Holland Billy Holland ... Liftman (Hauptman Viner)
Miles Malleson ... Watson, Newspaper Librarian
Bernard Miles ... Nazi Propaganda Officer
Hay Petrie ... Popinard, Amusement Park Owner
Harry McElhone Harry McElhone ... Harry the bartender
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On the eve of the Nazi occupation, spies in Paris try to outguess each other

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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Saturday 8 September 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Bellingham WA Monday 1 October 1956 on KVOS (Channel 12), in Boston Monday 15 October 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Bloomington IN Wednesday 28 November 1956 on WTTV (Channel 4), and in San Francisco Wednesday 5 December 1956 on KRON (Channel 4); 50 years later it finally found its way to Turner Classic Movies on 24 September 2007 during TCM's festival of films made by Warner Brothers at Teddington Studios in the UK. See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear against the background of various posters from the 'Careless Talk Costs Lives' campaign by the cartoonist "Fougasse" (Cyril Kenneth Bird 1887-1965). See more »


It Had to Be You
Music by Isham Jones
Played briefly when Bill and Anne arrive at the cafe after running down the street
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good war time flick from France's point of view.
25 September 2007 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Fashion designer Ann Morgan (Ann Dvorak, looking divine as always in her dresses and hats) crashes into Bill Hamilton's car (Hamilton is played by Griffith Jones) in 'This was Paris" during WWII. Hamilton, a member of MI - 5, meets up with Butch, a reporter, in a bar. Butch is played by Ben Lyons, in one of his last films, investigating fifth columnists in France. His girlfriend "Blossom" played by Mary McGuire, turns out to be roommates with Blossom. Lots of humor and jokes coming from Butch, among the intrigue and the foreboding wartime sentiment, since the war was in full swing as this was being made. And according to IMDb, that's Elisabeth Welch singing a great number "There's a Boy in Harlem", backed up by a full orchestra, when they go to a club. In spite of the war, there is a sense of fun; after Butch comes out of the elevator, we cut to the bar crowd singing 'What goes up, must come Down". Note Robert Morley, as Van Der Stuyl, taking a swipe at Americans as he remarks how they stand out so easily when they come to Europe, which I guess was true even back then. Strong script, as we watch Hamilton and Butch try to figure out who is on which side. Dvorak, Jones and Lyons had served in the military, so they brought a touch of reality to this film, with Dvorak actually driving an ambulance in this film, just as in real life. A good way to spend 77 minutes, and a bit of French history on the side.

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English | French

Release Date:

21 March 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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