Cast & Crew
When department store fashion buyer Irene Chase decides to get married, Mr. Barclay, owner of the store, sends Maggie Scott, her assistant, to Paris for the fashion showings. Barclay's choice surprises Maggie because Ted, Barclay's son, has been chasing her and she has been rejecting him. In Paris, famed couturier Marc Fontaine breaks into her hotel room, believing it to be occupied by Irene, who had been a girl friend of his. They quarrel, but when Maggie is about to lose the order for Marc's collection, they make up, and Maggie becomes romantically interested in the designer. Ted, truly in love with Maggie, flies to Paris to be with her. Maggie is courted also by newspaperman Herb Stone, who takes her on a tour of nightclubs; but Maggie realizes that her involvements with Marc and Herb are only flirtatious and that she really loves Ted. She returns to America with him.
Count Basie And His Octet
Mongo Santamaria And His Band
George W. Davis
Donald C. Klune
Robert Van Eps
Paul Francis Webster
Made in Paris
Ann-Margret was a nightclub performer who had made her film debut in the early 1960's, and became known for her sex kitten roles in such films as State Fair (1962), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), and Viva Las Vegas (1964). But her film career had been erratic, in part due to bad management. By the time she made Made in Paris, she was romantically involved with former actor Roger Smith, who would become her husband and manager, and who would take her career in a new direction. During the production of Made in Paris, Ann-Margret was sued by 20th Century Fox, which had a contract with her, and tried to prevent her working on any film that would delay her appearing in their remake of Stagecoach (1966). When she wrapped Made in Paris, she went immediately into production with Stagecoach, with only a four-day break. In 1967, she married Smith, and eventually took on more challenging film roles. She also found new success as a nightclub performer.
Made in Paris was one of the final films produced by longtime MGM musical producer Joe Pasternak. He had produced a successful string of Deanna Durbin musicals at Universal, before moving to MGM in the 1940's. In the heyday of the MGM musical, the Pasternak unit was known for its wholesome, handsomely produced musicals, often featuring all-star casts. Like other Pasternak films, Made in Paris featured a lavish backlot version of a European locale, in this case Paris. The elegant and colorful costumes by Helen Rose may not have been quite haute couture, but they flattered Ann-Margret's buxom figure. In addition to Ann-Margret and her men, Made in Paris also featured an excellent supporting cast, including Edie Adams as Ann-Margret's boss, and veteran character actors John McGiver, Marcel Dalio, Marcel Hillaire, and Fritz Feld.
Surprisingly, the musical score was not the usual Pasternak mix of kitsch and classical. Instead, it featured songs from Tin Pan Alley veterans Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster, the hip young team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Quincy Jones, and even a number written by comedian Red Skelton. Jones had trained at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, and had recently begun composing jazz scores for films such as The Pawnbroker (1964). He would be nominated for an Oscar for In Cold Blood (1967). In addition to these behind-the-scenes musical talents, Made in Paris also featured performances by Count Basie, Mongo Santamaria, and Trini Lopez. For a routine romantic comedy, Made in Paris offers unexpected pleasures.
Director: Boris Sagal
Producer: Joe Pasternak
Screenplay: Stanley Roberts
Cinematography: Milton R. Krasner
Editor: William McMillin
Costume Design: Helen Rose
Art Direction: E. Preston Ames, George W. Davis Set Decoration: F. Keogh Gleason, Henry Grace
Music: "Made in Paris," by Burt Bacharach & Hal David; "Paris Lullaby," by Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster; "My True Love" by Red Skelton; "Skull Sister," "Goof Proof" by Quincy Jones
Cast: Ann-Margret (Maggie Scott), Louis Jourdan (Marc Fontaine), Richard Crenna (Herb Stone), Edie Adams (Irene Chase), Chad Everett (Ted Barclay), John McGiver (Roger Barclay).
C-104m. Letterboxed. Closed captioning.
by Margarita Landazuri
Made in Paris
Richard Crenna, 1927-2002
Born on November 30, 1927 in Los Angeles, California, Crenna was the son of a pharmacist father and a mother who managed a number of small hotels in the Los Angles area the family owned, where Crenna was raised. At the tender age of 11, he was encouraged by a teacher to audition for a radio show, "Boy Scout Jamboree" at the nearby KFI-AM radio studio. Little did he realize that it would be the start of a very long and prosperous career.
Crenna found steady radio work for the next several years, culminating in 1948 with his breakthrough role of the goofy, squeaky-voiced Walter Denton in the hit radio series Our Miss Brooks. Crenna carried the momentum of his success to television when he spent four more seasons as Walter on Our Miss Brooks (1952-1956). Almost immediately after the run of that show, Crenna scored another hit series as Luke McCoy in the rustic comedy The Real McCoys (1957-1963) co-starring Walter Brennan.
Although he had been acting in films since the early '50s Crenna roles didn't come to critical notice until the mid '60s, appearing in Robert Wise's acclaimed The Sand Pebbles (1966) as the stalwart gunboat captain co-starring Steve McQueen; Terence Young's intense thriller, Wait Until Dark (1967), as a criminal who terrorizes a blind Audrey Hepburn; and another Robert Wise film, the Gertrude Lawrence biopic Star! (1968) playing the high profile role of Richard Aldrich opposite Julie Andrews.
Crenna's profile slowed down in the '70s, despite a brief return to television comedy in Norman Lear's political satire All's Fair (1976-1977) with Bernadette Peters. That show may not have lasted long, but Crenna bounced back with a resurgence in the '80s with a string of hit character parts: Lawrence Kasden's stylish film noir Body Heat (1981), as Kathleen Turner's ill-fated husband; Ted Kotchoff's hit Rambo: First Blood (1982), as Colonel Samuel Trautman, Sylvester Stallone's former Commander; Gary Marshall's excellent coming-of-age tale The Flamingo Kid (1984), one of his best performances (for which he received a Golden Globe nomination) as a smooth, charismatic gin-rummy champ who takes Matt Dillon under his tutelage; and many other quality roles in theatrical and made for television movies.
At the time of his death, Crenna was a member of the Screen Actors Guild board of directors and had a recurring role in the hit CBS dramatic series Judging Amy. In addition to Penni, his wife of 47 years, Crenna is survived by a son, Richard, two daughters, Seana and Maria, and three granddaughters.
by Michael T. Toole
Richard Crenna, 1927-2002
Released in United States 1966
Released in United States 1966