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    Hi. I'm desperately seeking a copy of Idol of Paris, the Maurice Ostrer/Premier Productions flop from 1948 (or thereabouts). Any format, any condition. Many, many thanks in advance!

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    Has anyone seen or have a copy of Idol Of Paris made in 1948??? I have seen a few photos of this film in British Cinema books in the States. Any help would be appreciated.

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    name='Mysteryfan']Has anyone seen or have a copy of Idol Of Paris made in 1948??? I have seen a few photos of this film in British Cinema books in the States. Any help would be appreciated.


    Would also be interested in this: I gather it's a sanitised version of the life of Esther Lachmann (La Pa�va), one of the grandest of the 19C grandes horizontales, a poor Jewish girl from Moscow who eventually married into the European aristocracy.

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    I am looking for the film on DVD or even VHS for use in the States. This movie was done in 1948, and had two women going after one man. I think the actress was Beryl Norden??? Can anyone help me with this???



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    In the cast is Christine Norden and Beryl Baxter.The fact that no one on IMB has voted for it or left a review means that it is probably unobtainable.However you might be lucky and some one on this site may have it.

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    I'm wondering if it really is 'lost'. I'd love to see it.

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    Someone on IMDB states it's been issued on DVD/VHS; still can't find it. Come on BFI, screen it for us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brief Encounter View Post
    Someone on IMDB states it's been issued on DVD/VHS; still can't find it. Come on BFI, screen it for us!
    Theo, I would LOVE to see it, even though it is supposed to be awful. I was around when it was first released but have never seen it, and I am sure that it has never been shown on TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray View Post
    Theo, I would LOVE to see it, even though it is supposed to be awful. I was around when it was first released but have never seen it, and I am sure that it has never been shown on TV.
    Yes, sadly the BFI database confirms this has bever been shown on television.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray View Post
    Theo, I would LOVE to see it, even though it is supposed to be awful. I was around when it was first released but have never seen it, and I am sure that it has never been shown on TV.
    Glad to see you are another curious person. LOL

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    Senior Member Country: New Zealand Anthony McKay's Avatar
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    Anyone found a copy yet?

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    Three pages scanned from The British Film Annual 1949, which featured the release of every British film in 1948.






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    There are film and video copies in the National Film Archive, so it is not a 'Lost' film. Unfortunately, the BFI do not do copies (i've pleaded with in the past without success !). We can only hope for an official DVD release sometime.

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    It had a national general release as a main feature on the ABC circuit, although it was an independant production and not an ABPC picture. I doubt whether the company that made it, Premier Productions, are still around, so it's anyone's guess as to who holds the copyright to it these days.

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    Some nice stills from the film I'd not seen before. I did a search on the internet today I could find no mention of it in the Australian press, despite a lot of coverage of Christine Norden before and during filming.

    Fingers crossed for an official release.

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    Yes, those vintage film annuals contain stills that are not available anywhere else, including the Internet.

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    A preview from Feb 1948:

    Idol of Paris
    (Reviewed in London)
    Warner Bros. Costume Drama 105 mins.
    AUDIENCE SLANT: (Adult) Aimed entirely at popular tastes this is a sexy, spectacular entertainment which defies constructive criticism.
    BOX-OFFICE SLANT: Competently
    played by comparatively unknown artists, this will run up big grosses in Britain and with cutting should do well with less exacting American audiences.
    Cast: Michael Rennie, Beryl Baxter, Christine Norden, Margaretta Scott, Keneth Kent, Miles Malleson, Henry Oscar, Andrew Osborn, Andrew Cruickshank.
    Patti Morgan, Genine Graham, John Penrose, Frederick Bradshaw, April Stride, June Holden and others.
    Credits: Adapted from Alfred Schirokauer novel, "Paiva, Queen of Love" by Norman Lee, Stafford Dickens and Harry Ostrer. Music by Mischa Spoliansky.
    Director, Leslie Arliss. Produced by R. J. Minney.
    Executive Producer, Maurice Ostrer.
    Plot: Beryl Baxter, a farmer's daughter, elopes with the squire's son, believing his intentions to be honorable. They are not. Stranded in Moscow, she is befriended and married by Andrew Osborne, a poor tailor
    whom she does not love. When she is enamored with Michael Rennie, a famous pianist, Osborne commits suicide. Rennie marries her and takes her to Paris where she rows with Christine Norden, queen of the demi
    mondes and Emperor Napoleon Ill's favorite. Christine wins the first rounds and Rennie, having been ruined by her, is drowned while escaping his creditors. Beryl sets about ruining her and taking her place without really
    lowering her moral code. She succeeds, fights Christine in a duel with whips, and has the Emperor call on her, but gives it up when she discovers Osborne, now a sick man, had feigned suicide to insure her happiness.
    Comment: If a picture can be top-heavy with popular ingredients, "Idol of Paris" is that picture. Maurice Ostrer in his first independent production, has included nearly everything that will appeal to general audiences.
    Ignoring the artistic, he has made his target the box-office and has scored a neat bullseye. Indeed, this conglomeration of lust, love and sadism, played against a background of the 19th Century French court, defies constructive
    criticism, but the astute British showman will find it an excellent tonic. Leslie Arliss, a specialist in this type of film, has directed to get the most from the varied situations and builds to a stirring climax, with the two women fighting it out with
    whips. While the cast is light in names, it introduces a number of promising newcomers in Beryl Baxter, Andrew Osborne, Patti Morgan, April Stride, Genine Graham and Andrew Cruikshank. Special credit must also
    be given to Mischa Spoliansky for the attractive musical score which combines new numbers with the old. For American audiences, it would be improved by adroit cutting.

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    It is possible that the film did not do well because producer, R. J. Minney had just accused prominent Fleet Street film critics of being bribed by the big production companies with lucrative 'screen writing' offers.

    Another nail in it's coffin was that Warners were holding the release of the film back until the 75% tax on American profits was repealed in April 1948, as were other US companies. So there was a flood of releases at the same time.
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    Picturegoer's reviewer didn't seem to think much of it.





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    Ouch! The American review of the London screening was a lot kinder, although I have yet to find evidence of a screening in the US.

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