The Rage of Paris

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The Rage of Paris
The Rage of Paris Poster.jpg
Directed by Henry Koster
Written by Bruce Manning
Felix Jackson
Story byBruce Manning
Felix Jackson
Produced by Buddy G. DeSylva
Henry Koster (uncredited)
Starring Danielle Darrieux
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Mischa Auer
Louis Hayward
Helen Broderick
Charles Coleman
Cinematography Joseph A. Valentine
Edited by Bernard W. Burton
Music byuncredited:
Frank Skinner
Hans J. Salter
Charles Previn
Charles Henderson
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • July 1, 1938 (1938-07-01)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$960,000 [1]

The Rage of Paris is a 1938 American comedy film made by Universal Pictures. The movie was directed by Henry Koster, and written by Bruce Manning and Felix Jackson. It won the Venice Film Festival for Special Recommendation. [2] [3] [4]



In New York City, Frenchwoman Nicole de Cortillon seeks modeling work and manages to steal a name and address from a modeling agency by lying about her qualifications, but it is the wrong information. She starts undressing in the advertising office of a very puzzled Jim Trevor. When she finally realizes he is not a photographer, she storms out.

Nicole is locked out of her room by her landlady for being behind on her rent, but her friend Gloria helps her out by paying the arrears. Gloria suggests she try to snare a rich husband. Gloria is good friends with Mike, the head waiter at the ritzy Savoy Grand Hotel, so she tries to get him to hire Gloria. Mike has no openings, but mentions that he has saved $3000 to open a restaurant. He needs another $2000, so Gloria convinces him to finance a scheme to have Gloria attract the attention of Bill Duncan, a regular hotel guest who "owns half of Canada". Nicole and Gloria settle into a suite across the hall from Bill's.

The plan hits a snag when Bill's good friend Jim Trevor recognizes her. Jim demands she tell Bill the truth. She agrees, but reneges. When Jim tells Bill, Bill does not believe him, as they have both lied before to steal each other's girlfriends. Jim blackmails Nicole into dining with him and gets her to confess that she needs $3000 in front of his butler Rigley. He departs to inform Bill, but she escapes Rigley's custody and gets to Bill first. When Bill introduces Nicole to his family, Jim brings Rigley to the reception, but Bill remains unconvinced and punches Jim in the jaw. Ashamed, Nicole follows after Jim and offers to confess all, but he does not believe her. She gets into Jim's car to see if he has been injured. He then drives off with her, taking her to his isolated country retreat, where his caretaker mistakes her for his new wife.

That night, Nicole confesses to Jim that she has fallen in love with him, but he only asks her when she found out he is richer than Bill. She slips out and hitches a ride back to New York.

Bill finally discovers the truth and becomes worried about a breach of promise lawsuit. Mike promises to get Nicole to leave the country ... in exchange for his money back ($5000). Nicole boards a ship bound for France. There she finds Jim, who is arranging for the captain to marry them.


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  2. The Rage of Paris at the TCM Movie Database
  3. The Rage of Paris at the American Film Institute Catalog
  4. The Rage of Paris at AllMovie