Mimi (1935 film)

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Directed by Paul L. Stein
Produced by Walter C. Mycroft
Written byJack Davis Jr.
Clifford Grey
Paul Merzbach
Henri Murger (novel)
Denis Waldock
Starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Gertrude Lawrence
Diana Napier
Music byG.H. Clutsam
CinematographyJack E. Cox
Edited by Leslie Norman
Distributed by Wardour Films
Release date
29 March 1935
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Language English

Mimi is a 1935 British romance film directed by Paul L. Stein and starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Gertrude Lawrence and Diana Napier. [1] Set in nineteenth century Paris, the screenplay concerns a composer who becomes inspired by a young woman he encounters. The film is based on the 1851 novel La Vie de Bohème by Henri Murger.


It was made at Elstree Studios [2] with sets designed by the art director Cedric Dawe.



Writing for The Spectator , Graham Greene described the film as evoking a "happy juvenility" and attributed its success to the superior acting skills of Fairbanks and Lawrence, and to the wardrobe designed by Doris Zinkeisen. [3]

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  1. "Mimi". BFI. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  2. Low p.87
  3. Greene, Graham (2 August 1935). "The Voice of Britain/Mimi". The Spectator . (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. p.  10. ISBN   0192812866.)