This Was Paris (1942)

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On the eve of the Nazi occupation, spies in Paris try to outguess each other


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Gordon Wellesley (original story), Basil Woon (original story), Brock Williams (screen play and dialogue), Edward Dryhurst (screen play and dialogue)

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25 September 2007 | ksf-2
| good war time flick from France's point of view.
Fashion designer Ann Morgan (Ann Dvorak, looking divine as always in her dresses and hats) crashes into Bill Hamilton's car (Hamilton is played by Griffith Jones) in 'This was Paris" during WWII. Hamilton, a member of MI - 5, meets up with Butch, a reporter, in a bar. Butch is played by Ben Lyons, in one of his last films, investigating fifth columnists in France. His girlfriend "Blossom" played by Mary McGuire, turns out to be roommates with Blossom. Lots of humor and jokes coming from Butch, among the intrigue and the foreboding wartime sentiment, since the war was in full swing as this was being made. And according to IMDb, that's Elisabeth Welch singing a great number "There's a Boy in Harlem", backed up by a full orchestra, when they go to a club. In spite of the war, there is a sense of fun; after Butch comes out of the elevator, we cut to the bar crowd singing 'What goes up, must come Down". Note Robert Morley, as Van Der Stuyl, taking a swipe at Americans as he remarks how they stand out so easily when they come to Europe, which I guess was true even back then. Strong script, as we watch Hamilton and Butch try to figure out who is on which side. Dvorak, Jones and Lyons had served in the military, so they brought a touch of reality to this film, with Dvorak actually driving an ambulance in this film, just as in real life. A good way to spend 77 minutes, and a bit of French history on the side.

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