He Stayed for Breakfast


1h 29m 1940

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 22, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Ode to Liberty by Sidney Howard (Washington, D.C., 21 Dec 1934).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

Paul Beliot, a Communist organizer working as a waiter in Paris, shoots a coffee cup from the hand of fat capitalist Maurice Duval because the banker's lifted pinky finger annoys him. Disguised as a policeman in order to elude the authorities, Paul takes refuge in the apartment of Marianne Duval, the banker's estranged wife. Intrigued by the fugitive, Marianne hides him in her apartment, but with a round the clock guard surrounding the building, he becomes trapped. This causes problems when Duval visits his estranged wife and newspaper publisher Andre Dorlay comes to court her. As Marianne juggles three men, Paul tries to convert her maid, Doreta, and denounces capitalism and preaches revolution until he becomes accustomed to living in luxury and is enchanted by Marianne's beauty. Gradually, Paul comes to realize that he has fallen in love with Marianne. Their romance is endangered when Paul is summoned to the Communist headquarters and ordered to surrender himself under circumstances that would place the blame on Marianne. After refusing, Paul returns to Marianne's apartment, where he is discovered by Dorlay and Duval, who turn him over to the police. To get Duval to drop charges against Paul, Marianne agrees to return to her husband and Paul is released. The next morning, as Marianne and her husband sit down at the breakfast table, Duval crooks his finger in an annoying arc, and Marianne, irked, shoots the cup from his hand. She then flees to Paul's garret, where the two prepare to set sail for America.

Film Details

Release Date
Aug 22, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Ode to Liberty by Sidney Howard (Washington, D.C., 21 Dec 1934).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 29m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

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Notes

Sidney Howard's play was a loose adaptation of the French play Liberte' Provisoire by Michel Duran, which opened in Paris on April 20, 1934. This picture marked B. P. Schulberg's return to producing after a three-year absence.