A Parisian Romance (October 1, 1932)

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A Parisian Romance

Released on October 1, 1932: An wealthy older playboy in Paris falls in love with the fiancé of a young artist.

Directed by Chester M. Franklin

The Actors: Lew Cody (Baron), Marion Shilling (Claudette), Gilbert Roland (Victor Lavelle), Joyce Compton (Marcelle), Yola d'Avril (Pauline), Nicholas Soussanin (Emil the butler), George J. Lewis (Pierre), Bryant Washburn (Brjac), Helen Jerome Eddy (Yvonne, Claudette's sister), Paul Porcasi (Deville), James Eagles (Paul, the Baron's private secretary), Luis Alberni (Pascal), Nadine Dore (Marie, young child), Oscar Apfel (unknown), Cullen Johnson (Jack, young child)

 

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Never Chase After a Girl or a Bus

At the beginning of this pre-code romantic adventure the wealthy Parisian playboy Baron watches a young man and his girlfriend fighting at a sidewalk cafe when she gets up and storms away in anger. The Baron goes over to the young man and tells him that he should never chase after a bus or a woman . . . because there will certainly be another one along in just a few minutes. We soon learn that the Baron has a key ring with dozens of keys on it all belonging to different young ladies that the Baron spends his time and money on. We learn that there is never a pretense of love between the Baron and his young ladies . . . just a friendly exchange . . . the Baron showers the girls with money and favors and they share themselves with the Baron. The Baron seems to have the best life that any man could desire until one day he meets the young fiancé of a young budding artist. His charm and generosity are not lost on the young girl, and the hot-headed artist does everything exactly wrong, driving his girlfriend into the arms of the playboy Baron. Soon the Baron is in deep trouble . . . for the first time in his long life he is falling in love . . . falling in love with this young girl who is pledged to another man. The Baron tries to push her away, but the young fool artist keeps doing everything wrong and pushes the two together until finally the Baron and the young girl plan to get married. In this pre-code drama there was no censor that would force the authors to create a moral and happy storybook ending . . . this one can play out just as the author intended, with a real life ending. Or maybe not . . . In real life Lew Cody, who plays the older Baron, was married to young movie star Mabel Normand until her death two years before this movie was made. Sometimes life imitates art, and sometimes art imitates life. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Lew Cody as the Baron from Paris
Lew Cody as the Baron from Paris
Cullen Johnson with his frog 'Napoleon'
Cullen Johnson with his frog 'Napoleon'
Gilbert Roland, Luis Alberni and James Eagles
Gilbert Roland, Luis Alberni and James Eagles
Gilbert Roland and Marion Shilling
Gilbert Roland and Marion Shilling
Gilbert Roland and Marion Shilling at the side of the road with a broken auto
Gilbert Roland and Marion Shilling at the side of the road with a broken auto
Helen Jerome Eddy and Marion Shilling
Helen Jerome Eddy and Marion Shilling
Joyce Compton as Marcelle, with one of her boyfriends
Joyce Compton as Marcelle, with one of her boyfriends
Joyce Compton is asked to go away for the weekend
Joyce Compton is asked to go away for the weekend
Lew Cody and James Eagles
Lew Cody and James Eagles
Lew Cody tells Marion Shilling that he wants to break off the marriage
Lew Cody tells Marion Shilling that he wants to break off the marriage
Lew Cody and Nadien Dore and Cullen Johnson in A Parisian Romance
Lew Cody and Nadien Dore and Cullen Johnson in A Parisian Romance
Lew Cody and Nicholas Soussanin
Lew Cody and Nicholas Soussanin
Lew Cody and Yola d'Avril at the sidewalk cafe
Lew Cody and Yola d'Avril at the sidewalk cafe
Lew Cody proposes to Marion Shilling
Lew Cody proposes to Marion Shilling
Marion Shilling and Gilbert Roland and Luis Alberni
Marion Shilling and Gilbert Roland and Luis Alberni
Gilbert Roland tells Marion Shilling that he has sold his first painting
Gilbert Roland tells Marion Shilling that he has sold his first painting
Marion Shilling and Luis Alberni
Marion Shilling and Luis Alberni
Marion Shilling apologizes to Lew Cody
Marion Shilling apologizes to Lew Cody
Nicholas Soussanin and Gilbert Roland
Nicholas Soussanin and Gilbert Roland
Paul Porcasi and Yola d'Avril
Paul Porcasi and Yola d'Avril