Paris Honeymoon

Paris Honeymoon is a 1939 American musical film directed by Frank Tuttle and written by Frank Butler and Don Hartman. The film stars Bing Crosby, Franciska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff, Shirley Ross, Edward Everett Horton and Ben Blue.[1][2] Filming took place in Hollywood from May 23 to July 1938 and the film was released on January 27, 1939, by Paramount Pictures.

Paris Honeymoon
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank Tuttle
Written byFrank Butler
Don Hartman
Story byAngela Sherwood
Produced byHarlan Thompson
StarringBing Crosby
Franciska Gaal
Akim Tamiroff
Shirley Ross
Edward Everett Horton
Ben Blue
CinematographyKarl Struss
Edited byAlma Macrorie
Music byBoris Morros
Production
company
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 27, 1939 (1939-01-27)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

Bing Crosby plays the role of Lucky Lawton, a cowboy millionaire, who is about to marry Barbara (Shirley Ross). Unfortunately there has been a delay in finalizing Barbara's divorce from her previous husband and while this is being sorted out in Paris, Lawton is persuaded to visit a Balkan town - Pushtalnick - where he stays in a castle and has various misadventures. The elected Rose Queen - Manya (Franciska Gaal) - takes a liking to Lawton and romantic interludes take place. Lawton returns to Paris for his wedding but is still thinking about Manya and he returns to Pushtalnick in time prevent Manya marrying Peter (Akim Tamiroff). Lawton and Manya then drive off together.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

Bosley Crowther writing in The New York Times commented: "The Old World charm of Bing Crosby in a ten-gallon hat is the principal Parisian motif in “Paris Honeymoon” (at the Paramount) which marks a return to the ancient Crosby formula of the days before “Sing You Sinners.” There is something almost engaging, however, about the conventional Paramount-Crosby plot, with its irreducible intellectual content and the way everybody concerned just quietly ignores it, as well-bred people always ignore unpleasant necessities... Bing, for instance, never bothers to pretend that he is really a millionaire cowboy, really in love with Shirley Ross, the heiress divorcée... One thing about Bing, you never catch him acting. He is always himself."[3]

Variety said: "Bing Crosby, back with a bundle of tuneful melodies, nonchalantly meanders through a light romance of the Prince Charming-peasant Cinderella type, displaying a more convincing personality than heretofore. With a group of known featured names surrounding Crosby, aiding considerably in dishing out the entertainment factors, picture is heading for substantial boxoffice...There’s a greater ease and assurance displayed by Crosby in his handling of the lead spot than previously. He times his lines better, and gives a corking performance throughout. . . Crosby’s four songs are exceptional..."[4]

SoundtrackEdit

"I Have Eyes" (Ralph Rainger / Leo Robin) sung by Bing Crosby and Shirley Ross.
"You're a Sweet Little Headache" (Ralph Rainger / Leo Robin) sung by Bing Crosby.
"The Funny Old Hills" (Ralph Rainger / Leo Robin) sung by Bing Crosby.
"Joobalai" (Ralph Rainger / Leo Robin) sung by Bing Crosby.
"I Ain't Got Nobody" sung by Bing Crosby.
"Bulgarian Rose Song" (Ralph Rainger / Leo Robin) sung by chorus.

Bing Crosby recorded five of the songs for Decca Records.[5] "I Have Eyes", "You're a Sweet Little Headache" and "The Funny Old Hills" all achieved top ten positions in the charts.[6] Crosby's songs were also included in the Bing's Hollywood series.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Paris Honeymoon (1939) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  2. ^ "Movie Review - - THE SCREEN; Bing Crosby in 'Paris Honeymoon' at the Paramount -'The Girl Downstairs' Arrives at the Criterion". NYTimes.com. 1939-01-26. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley (January 26, 1939). "The New York Times". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "Variety". December 21, 1938. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1986). Pop Memories 1890-1954. Wisconsin, USA: Record Research Inc. p. 107. ISBN 0-89820-083-0.

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