Just Like Heaven (October 22, 1930)

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Just Like Heaven
 

Released on October 22, 1930: A dancer who is part of a travelling dog circus falls in love with a street vendor in Paris but the balloon seller wants nothing to do with her.

Directed by Roy William Neill

The Actors: Anita Louise (Mimi Martell), David Newell (Tobey Michelle, the big noise), Yola d'Avril (Fifi), Gaston Glass (Jean Goulet), Thomas Jefferson (Professor Michael), Mathilde Comont (Madame Fogharde), Albert Roccardi (Monsieur Fogharde), Torben Meyer (Pierre), Emile Chautard (M. Jacques Dulac)

 

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True Love Never Runs Smoothly

For a dozen or so years I worked in the heart of downtown Cleveland, Ohio and became very familiar with street vendors. About 10:30 every morning cars and trucks with a cart on wheels hitched to the rear bumper would stop at their assigned spots, unhitch the cart and move away, leaving behind the cart and a fellow or gal to run the cart. Each vendor paid for a permit from the city and claimed a certain spot, and no other vendor could claim that spot. Many days I would walk a block or two and find a hot dog stand or sausage sandwich stand that would tempt my taste buds and on the way back to the office purchase an ice cream from another street vendor. Good people earning a living by selling things directly to the public along public city streets has always been a part of large cities, including Paris, the setting for this romantic drama. There is a building in a quiet neighborhood of Paris with a fountain in front of it that is the selling spot for 'the big noise' - Tobey, a fellow who sells balloons near the fountain. He guards that spot with vigor, chasing away any other street vendor that might wander onto that street. In the basement of the building that Tobey lives in is a cafe, and in that cafe there is a sexy vamp named Fifi, who sings and tries to flirt with the customers to earn money. She tries to flirt with Tobey while he is eating his lunch but Tobey will have no part of women . . . romance is not for him. The trouble begins when a travelling dog circus stops near Tobey's fountain spot and Tobey cannot get them to leave. The circus wagon has three attractions - an old fellow playing violin, some dogs that do tricks, and lovely young Mimi, played by Anita Louise. Tobey confronts the performers and demands that they leave his area or he will have his revenge on them, and while he is still arguing vehemently with the owner of the circus, lovely Mimi looks out of the wagon and when she sees balloon salesman Tobey it is love at first sight. But as hard as she tries to befriend Tobey, he is a confirmed bachelor that will have no part of women . . . even girls as innocently lovely as Mimi. Ahhh, friends . . . we all know that motion picture romance never runs smoothly until the ending, and the struggle for love . . . the struggle for survival . . . the struggle against sexy vamp Fifi will take its toll on Mimi and Tobey, and right up to the ending scene they just cannot seem to get on the same page. The more you wish for them to find happiness with each other, the more circumstances seem to push them apart . . . until the final crisis that will bring them together, just like heaven. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

David Newell with his balloon cart
David Newell with his balloon cart
Albert Roccardi and Yola d'Avril
Albert Roccardi and Yola d'Avril
Yola d'Avril teases Albert Roccardi
Yola d'Avril teases Albert Roccardi
Anita Louise as Mimi in Just Like Heaven
Anita Louise as Mimi in Just Like Heaven
Anita Louise dances for David Newell
Anita Louise dances for David Newell
Anita Louise
Anita Louise
Anita Louise kisses David Newell
Anita Louise kisses David Newell
Anita Louise
Anita Louise
David Newell and Anita Louise
David Newell and Anita Louise
David Newell and Gaston Glass
David Newell and Gaston Glass
David Newell and Mathilde Comont
David Newell and Mathilde Comont
David Newell and Yola d'Avril
David Newell and Yola d'Avril
David Newell is angry at the outfit on Yola d'Avril
David Newell is angry at the outfit on Yola d'Avril
David Newell as the Big Noise balloon seller
David Newell as the Big Noise balloon seller
David Newell in the cafe for lunch
David Newell in the cafe for lunch
David Newell smiles at Anita Louise
David Newell smiles at Anita Louise
David Newell and Yola d'Avril
David Newell and Yola d'Avril
Emile Chautard and Anita Louise
Emile Chautard and Anita Louise
Emile Chautard and Gaston Glass
Emile Chautard and Gaston Glass
Gaston Glass, Anita Louise and Thomas Jefferson
Gaston Glass, Anita Louise and Thomas Jefferson
Gaston Glass and Anita Louise
Gaston Glass and Anita Louise
Gaston Glass meets David Newell
Gaston Glass meets David Newell
Gaston Glass
Gaston Glass
Mathilde Comont, David Newell and Albert Roccardi
Mathilde Comont, David Newell and Albert Roccardi
Mathilde Comont and Yola d'Avril
Mathilde Comont and Yola d'Avril
Mathilde Comont listens to Yola d'Avril rant
Mathilde Comont listens to Yola d'Avril rant
Thomas Jefferson and Anita Louise
Thomas Jefferson and Anita Louise
Torben Meyer and David Newell
Torben Meyer and David Newell
Torben Meyer and Gaston Glass
Torben Meyer and Gaston Glass
Yola d'Avril and David Newell
Yola d'Avril and David Newell
Yola d'Avril listens to Mathilde Comont rant
Yola d'Avril listens to Mathilde Comont rant
Yola d'Avril as Paris vamp Fifi
Yola d'Avril as Paris vamp Fifi