Paris (lost Pre-Code musical comedy film; 1929)

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Paris 1929.jpg

The film's poster.

Status: Lost

Paris is the lost film version of the Broadway sensation of 1928, featuring Irene Bordoni and Jack Buchanan - in his feature film debut - in the lead roles. It was made in 1929 and was released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Plot Summary

The plot involves Irene Bordoni's character falling in love with a wealthy man about town. In the original stage play, she ultimately chooses to marry her partner, who is played by Jack Buchanan, while he marries a girl who has always worshipped him from afar. As always in these early musicals, the plot is basically a device in which to contain the songs, and there are plenty of them.


Only a couple of musical numbers exist from the entire 90-minute film, which was a failure at the box office and resulted in Irene Bordoni's contract being dropped by MGM. However, she went on to appear in a Fleischer film called Just a Gigolo in 1935, in which she sang the title song; this is currently available on YouTube along with a song she performed for another musical film released the same year. In both numbers, she shows why Cole Porter added a verse to his song "You're the Top" that goes, "You're the eyes of Irene Bordoni".

The film is lost,[1] but the Vitaphone sound disks are known to survive at the UCLA.

External Links


  1. Silentera page on the film. Retrieved 02 Apr '19