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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
In 1929, Maurice Chevaliar was one of the "Innocents of Paris", but a year later he became the Playboy of Paris. He is a bad waiter who inherits a million francs. Before he is told, law clerk Tyler Brooks tells Chevalier's boss, O.P. Heggie, with a scheme to mulct him: Heggie and Chevalier will sign a new contract, and should Chevalier quit, he will pay a fine of 400,000 francs. Heggie and Brooks will split the sum, and Tyler will marry Frances Dee, Heggie's daughter. Just before he quits, Chevalier figures out their scheme. He decides to become a waiter by day and a playboy by night, with Dorothy Christy happy to help him spend his money.
Ludwig Berger directs this movie competently, but it's a bit mechanical in its ramblings, with not much in the way of laughs. There are some songs for the cast to sing, written by Richard Whiting and Newell Chase. Only "My Ideal" is noteworthy, although Chevalier performs them with his customary elan.
The ranks of comedians in this film are rounded out with Stu Erwin and Eugene Palette, but they add little to the fun. The movie is carried on Chevalier's usual charm, but, alas, without the direction of Lubitsch and the writing that surrounded him in his better Paramount movies, this one is good but not great.
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