They Had to See Paris

They Had to See Paris is a 1929 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by Frank Borzage and starring Will Rogers, Irene Rich, and Marguerite Churchill. The screenplay concerns a wealthy American oil tycoon who travels to Paris with his family at his wife's request, despite the fact he hates the French.[1][2]

They Had to See Paris
Film poster
Directed byFrank Borzage
Written byOwen Davis
Story bySonya Levien
Based onThey Had to See Paris
by Homer Croy
Produced byWilliam Fox
StarringWill Rogers
Irene Rich
Marguerite Churchill
CinematographyChester Lyons
Edited byMargaret Clancey (uncredited)
Music byGeorge Lipschultz (uncredited)
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • September 18, 1929 (1929-09-18)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
They Had to See Paris ad in The Film Daily, 1929

Rogers starred in a similar film the following year, So This Is London with the location switched to London. Rogers and Rich reprised their roles in Down to Earth (1932) which depicts the return of the Peters family to Depression-hit America.[citation needed]



  1. ^ They Had To See Paris details,; accessed August 10, 2015.
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971

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