Gold Diggers in Paris ★★★

Rudy Vallee and Allen Jenkins have a popular nightclub in New York, but they are in debt and losing money. The confused representative of the Paris dance festival (Hugh Herbert) mistakes their club for a ballet society and signs their entire cast, including love interest Rosemary Lane, to appear at the festival. In Paris, Melville Cooper, the director of the festival, realizes the error and tries to prevent their appearance. Dodging the gendarmes, they manage to perform their jazzy song and dance. The audience and the directors of the festival are so enthusiastic about their performance that they win first prize.

The plot is rather plodding and the songs second-rate, but the film is fun enough to be enjoyed once. Rudi Vallee, in a part seemingly intended for Dick Powell, tries but is unexciting. Vallee’s acting and screen presence improved greatly after tutoring by Preston Sturges (see: The Palm Beach Story). Jenkins carries the picture during the non-singing sections. Rosemary Lane was the mid-level personality of the Lane sister trio, not as cute and bright as Pricilla, but livelier and prettier than Lola. Herbert is less tiresome than usual.

The film opens with panoramic views of the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techiques dans la Vie Moderne that was held in Paris, May-November 1937. The exposition featured a dance festival in June.

The film opened in June 1938, two years before the fall of France and the occupation of Paris by German forces temporarily put an end to French expositions about the arts of modern life.