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With: Alec Guinness, Odile Versois, Vernon Gray, Elina Labourdette, Jacques Fran�ois, Austin Trevor, Jacques B. Brunius, Claude Romain, Maureen Davis, Mollie Hartley Milburn, Michael Anthony, Pamela Stirling, Claude Collier
Written by: Robert Buckner, based on a story by Sterling Noel
Directed by: Robert Hamer
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 78
Date: 01/11/1955

To Paris with Love (1955)

3 Stars (out of 4)

The Eiffel Truth

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Star Alec Guinness and director Robert Hamer -- who worked together on the masterpiece Kind Hearts and Coronets -- made this trifle of a comedy away from their typical employer, Ealing Studios, though I'm not sure why; perhaps their contracts were up? Whatever the reason, they seem less inspired here than they ever were at Ealing, and To Paris with Love is a pretty routine, but harmless and amiable, romantic comedy.

Guinness plays a middle-aged, single father, Edgar Fraser, who travels with his grown son John (Vernon Gray) to Paris. The son has a plan to fix up his father with a new woman, while the father has the same designs for the son. In a strange twist of fate, the son winds up dating the older woman, Sylvia (Elina Labourdette) meant for his father, and Edgar dates the young, pretty shopgirl, Lizette (Odile Versois) intended for John.

Hamer puts Guinness through a couple of fairly forced physical situations, such as getting him stuck in a tree, or tangled in a badminton net, but otherwise the humor comes from the director's gentle, almost Lubitsch-like rhythms; occasionally he takes a moment to cut away from a scene, which changes the rhythm and makes the moment funny. That unique skill, coupled with the gorgeous color photography and the Paris atmosphere, make this an enjoyable confection.

VCI Entertainment released this on DVD, with no extras.

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