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|Gigolettes of Paris|
Actors: Madge Bellamy, Gilbert Roland, Natalie Moorhead, Theodore Von Eltz
A beautiful show girl ends up on the wrong side of the law after she falls for a dashing gigolo.
Madge Bellamy and Gilbert Roland in "naughty but nice" Pre-C
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 06/27/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"GIGOLETTES OF PARIS (1933) is, despite it's suggestive title, a very tame romantic comedy. Produced during the glory days of the Pre-Codes, it's a fairly standard romantic comedy, enlivened by some wonderful stars plus a witty script by Mary Flannery.
Pretty perfume counter clerk Suzanne Ricord (Madge Bellamy of "White Zombie" fame) is swept up into a fairytale romance with dashing Count Balraine (Theodore von Eltz) but soon comes crashing back to earth when he calls off the engagement and takes back her gazillion-karat ring! With nothing else to fall back on, Suzanne and her wisecracking gal pal Paulette (Molly O'Day) become female gigolos or, as the title suggests, "gigolettes". When Fate brings the wicked Count and his new wife Diane (Natalie Moorhead) back into Suzanne's life, she orchestrates a wicked plan of revenge which, if planned properly, should result in the ring going back to it's rightful owner, and the Count receiving his just desserts...
One of the most popular female stars of the silent era, Madge Bellamy had considerable trouble finding her feet when Talkies came along. Despite a luminous performance in the 1932 Bela Lugosi chiller "White Zombie", she never really found her true niche. One of her last major movies, GIGOLETTES OF PARIS provided Bellamy with some sharp musical comedy material, and she rises to the task. Veteran scene stealer Molly O'Day gets most of the choice material playing Bellamy's caustic girlfriend. In sharp supporting roles, Gilbert Roland and Natalie Moorhead both get to shine as well.
Alpha's DVD comes from a low-grade video master, suffering from "combing" and other analogue video-related defects. The soundtrack is easily heard but often falls out of synch. However, it's still very watchable and the brisk running time of 61 minutes ensures that the movie never gets a chance to wear out it's welcome. If you're a fan of classic Pre-Code movies, you'll most definitely get a kick out of this one."
Engrossing Story Is Wisely Ordered Within Outlines Of Cinema
rsoonsa | Lake Isabella, California | 09/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This enjoyable pre-Hays Code and meagrely budgeted romantic melodrama benefits from a crisply composed screenplay from Mary Flannery, that the first (and only) time director and veteran character actor Alphonse Martell proves to be adept at employing for his expositional development, in this instance a Parisian background, that parries anything smacking of reality, thereby revealing pleasures that lie within the narrative. Suzanne Ricord (Madge Bellamy), a shopgirl working at a tony Paris perfumer's, there meets, subsequently to be wooed by, wealthy Count Balraine (Theodore Von Eltz), who soon after decides against continuing his romantic relationship with the beautiful blonde and seizes from her very finger their engagement ring, not being even slightly moved by her attendant dismay, crushing Suzanne who is impelled by his harsh act to take employment at a cabaret theatre as a singer while also, along with her similarly embittered roommate Paulette (Molly O'Day), becoming "gigolettes", flirting with and taking pecuniary advantage of susceptible cabaret patrons who have fallen for the charms of the two girls despite their manifest golddigging deportment. Suzanne befriends a fancy man habitué of the night spot, Tony (Gilbert Roland), who has fallen in love with her although she is primarily interested in using him to earn revenge against Balraine for his callous treatment, the Count having presented her former ring to serve as adornment for the hand of a new conquest, worldly and somewhat cynical Lady Diane (Natalie Moorhead), who as it happens is now enamoured of the seductive Tony. The gigolo aids Suzanne with her scheme of requital, aspiring thereby to win her heart, but it becomes apparent that she is completely obsessed with retribution, focussed upon returning the Count's statement made to her during their break-up that their sudden separation was according to "the rules of the game", and although she does give to Tony an expensive wrist watch that she has garnered from one of her admirers, it proves to be stolen property, and becomes a linchpin for the tale's climactic episode. The cast performs well with Flannery's script, Bellamy additionally exhibiting a solid command of her light soprano range during one song number at the cabaret, while many able turns may be enjoyed, particularly from Roland, Von Eltz, sardonic O'Day and Moorhead, along with a large number of supporting players. Both the platinum tressed Moorhead and the natural blonde Bellamy exhibit attractive marcelled waves, the former gaining the acting as well as coiffure honors with a typically sophisticated interpretation of her role. Released upon an Alpha Home Entertainment DVD in 2007, the film has not been remastered, as is standard operating procedure for the company, and there are no extra features. The work's visual quality is fine, but the audio track often slides out of synchronization."