Innocents of Paris

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Innocents of Paris
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Directed by Richard Wallace
Written by
Produced by Jesse L. Lasky
Cinematography Charles Lang
Edited by George M. Arthur
Music by
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • May 25, 1929 (1929-05-25)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States

Innocents of Paris is a 1929 black and white American musical film. Directed by Richard Wallace and based on the play Flea Market, the film was the first musical production by Paramount Pictures. Although the screenplay was regarded as mediocre, the critics were impressed with the newly-arrived Chevalier, for whom they predicted much success. [1] At the preview in Los Angeles, established film-actor Adolphe Menjou, son of French immigrant parents, congratulated Chevalier in person. [2]


The film utilized the somewhat new technology of sound with the Western Electric sound system. Dubbing was not a common practice, but the film makers attempted it here over stock footage of Paris. An orchestra played "Louise" under one microphone while several actors spoke street observations under another, like "What pretty flowers!", and a group of three men whistled bird calls into a third microphone. Several takes were required to get the mixing right, but what resulted was an early example of sound dubbing. [3]

A novelisation of the film, written by C.E. Andrews, was published by The Readers Library to coincide with the film's release and included 8 pages of stills (it was titled The Innocents of Paris).




Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Copyright 1929 by Famous Music Corp.
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Copyright 1929 by Famous Music Corp.
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Copyright 1929 by Famous Music Corp.
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
Copyright 1929 by Famous Music Corp.

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  2. With Love, the Autobiography of Maurice Chevalier (Cassell, 1960), p. 191.
  3. Eyman, Scott. The Speed of Sound: Hollywood and the Talkie Revolution 1926-1930. Simon & Schuster: New York, 1997.
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