Review: ‘The Rage of Paris’

Universal successfully launches Danielle Darrieux, young French star of unusual beauty and charm, in a written-to-order story.

Universal successfully launches Danielle Darrieux, young French star of unusual beauty and charm, in a written-to-order story.

Nothing more exacting is required than to play a light comedy role in one of those adjacent bedroom farces. She is quite stunning in evening gowns and furs, and very cute and intriguing in oversize pajamas. Her musical French accent is pleasant to the ear and capitalized humorously in the dialog.

Story is about a French girl who is having difficulty finding a model’s job in New York. Helen Broderick, older and experienced in the ways of life and men, takes her in charge, and with Mischa Auer, hotel headwaiter, connives a campaign to get the young woman a rich husband. Louis Hayward is the object of their conspiracy, but Douglas Fairbanks Jr interferes and threatens to expose the canard.

There are several excellent sequences – an opening in which Darrieux, mistaking Fairbanks for a commercial photographer seeking models to pose undraped, starts to take off her clothes in his office; a scene at the opera when Hayward and Fairbanks whisper confidences to the astonished annoyance of spectators; and a bedroom duet delightfully played by the stars.

The Rage of Paris

Production

Universal. Director Henry Koster; Producer B.G. DeSylva; Screenplay Bruce Manning, Felix Jackson; Camera Joseph Valentine; Music Charles Previn (dir.)

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 75 MIN.

With

Danielle Darrieux Douglas Fairbanks Jr Mischa Auer Louis Hayward Helen Broderick
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