Paris When It Sizzles

Paris When It Sizzles

Richard Quine (1964)

A Certificate


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Gowned in her trademark Givenchy, the irresistible Audrey Hepburn does her best in director Richard Quine's leaden remake of a soufflé-light French comedy (La Fête à Henriette) in which a screenwriter (William Holden), facing a deadline, is devoid of inspiration. He enlists the help of his secretary (Hepburn) in acting out possible scenarios, sending the film off into an unsuccessful hotch-potch of genres, periods and fantasy sequences. Though seeming understandably bemused at times, Hepburn is charming and keeps the nonsense and a dull Holden afloat, Noël Coward is the irate producer waiting for his script, and the Paris locations look gorgeous.


A hard-drinking American screenwriter living in France is starved of inspiration and has two days to deliver a finished script. He enlists the aid of his hard-pressed secretary to help him act out plot ideas, leading them through a succession of bizarre misadventures. Romantic comedy, starring William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Noel Coward and Tony Curtis.

Cast & Crew

Richard Benson William Holden (2)
Gabrielle Simpson Audrey Hepburn
Police inspector Grégoire Aslan
Gangster Raymond Bussières
Maître d'hôtel Christian Duvallex
Alexander Meyerheimer Noël Coward
2nd policeman Tony Curtis
Guest star Marlene Dietrich
TBC Mel Ferrer
TBC Fred Astaire
TBC Frank Sinatra
Director Richard Quine
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama