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Paris Follies of 1956

Paris Follies of 1956(1955)

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The film's working title was Fresh from Paris. Only the first double reel, running approximately eighteen minutes, was available for viewing. The balance of the plot summary and other information was derived from reviews, the film's pressbook and the film's file in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library. The main title on the print viewed was Paris Follies. The title card also included a 1954 Copyright declaration by Ohio Films, Inc., but the film was never registered and was not released until eighteen months after its production in 1954. An opening credit title states that the film was "Photographed at Frank Sennes' MOULIN ROUGE Theatre Restaurant in Hollywood, California. Produced through the facilities of Mercury-International Pictures, Inc."
       The Moulin Rouge building on Sunset Boulevard but has changed ownership many times since the 1950s; as of 2003 it is a studio for the Nickelodeon cable television network. The film's Disclaimer Statement includes the following wording: "All events and characters herein mentioned are fictional, except that Frank Parker and The Sportsmen portray themselves, although in a fictional setting." Frank Parker was a tenor who appeared on "The Arthur Godfrey Show," while The Sportsmen were regulars on "The Jack Benny Show."
       The final title card at the film's conclusion reads: "Grateful acknowledgment is hereby extended to Mr. Frank Sennes for allowing portions of his Moulin Rouge Theatre Restaurant show to be photographed. General Manager for Mr. Sennes-Lou Clarke, Show Costumes by Madam Berthe, Stage Manager-Alan Bode, Stage Sets and Interior Decor-Harvey Warren, Scenic Artist-Kenneth MacClelland, Wardrobe Mistress-Jean Hipp, Master Electrician-Joseph Privitier."
       The 21 December '54 Daily Variety review remarked on the almost total inclusion of Sennes' lavish "Voici Paree" revue but bemoaned the absence of Sennes' noted specialty acts. The PCA file reveals that several production numbers were "toned down" after two representatives of the PCA were invited to see the live show, prior to filming.