|Playboy of Paris|
|Directed by||Ludwig Berger|
|Written by||Tristan Bernard (play)|
|Produced by||Ludwig Berger|
|Cinematography||Henry W. Gerrard|
|Edited by||Merrill G. White|
|Music by||Howard Jackson |
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|October 31, 1930|
Playboy of Paris is a 1930 American pre-Code musical comedy film directed by Ludwig Berger and starring Maurice Chevalier, Frances Dee (in her film debut), and O.P. Heggie. It was based on a 1911 play The Little Cafe by Tristan Bernard which had previously been adapted into a 1919 French silent film. Paramount produced a separate French-language version Le Petit Café, also starring Chevalier, which broke records for an opening-day attendance in Paris.
Albert Loriflan, a waiter in a Paris cafe, unexpectedly inherits a large sum of money from a wealthy relative. His unscrupulous boss, Philibert, refuses to release him from his long-term contract in the hope that Albert will buy him off with a large payment. But Albert refuses, and continues to work at the cafe even though he is now very rich. Before long he falls in love with Philibert's daughter Yvonne.
- Maurice Chevalier as Albert Loriflan
- Frances Dee as Yvonne Phillbert
- O.P. Heggie as Philibert
- Stuart Erwin as Paul Michel
- Eugene Pallette as Pierre Bourdin
- Dorothy Christy as Mlle. Berengere
- Cecil Cunningham as Mlle. Hedwige
- Tyler Brooke as Cadeaux
- William B. Davidson as Monsieur Bannack
- Charles Giblyn as Gastonet
- Bradley, Edwin M. The First Hollywood Musicals: A Critical Filmography Of 171 Features, 1927 Through 1932. McFarland, 2004.