Paris served as the talkie debut for French music-hall favorite Irene Bordoni, who though never quite attaining screen stardom remained popular on American radio. Bordoni is cast as Vivienne Rolland, a Parisian chorus girl in love with Massachusetts boy Andrew Sabbot (Jason Robards Sr.) Andrew's snobbish mother Cora (Louise Closser Hale) tries to break up the romance, and it is her scenes which give the film what little life it has. British song-and-dance man Jack Buchanan (remember him in 1953's The Band Wagon?) likewise makes his talking-picture bow as Guy Pennell, the leading man in Vivienne's revue. Four reels of this 10-reel epic were originally lensed in two-color Technicolor. Paris was adapted from the Cole Porter Broadway musical of the same name -- inexplicably minus the Porter songs!
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