|Made in Paris|
|Directed by||Boris Sagal|
|Written by||Stanley Roberts|
|Produced by||Joe Pasternak|
|Cinematography||Milton R. Krasner|
|Edited by||William McMillin|
|Music by||George E. Stoll|
|February 9, 1966 (United States)|
|Box office||$1,300,000 (est. US/ Canada rentals)|
Made in Paris is a 1966 American romantic comedy film starring Louis Jourdan, Ann-Margret, Richard Crenna, Edie Adams, and Chad Everett. The film was written by Stanley Roberts and directed by Boris Sagal.
A redheaded American girl from New York finds herself in a love triangle in Paris. Maggie Scott (Ann-Margret) works as an assistant buyer for Irene Chase (Edie Adams). Irene is a fashion buyer for Barclay Ames, an upscale clothing store in New York owned by Roger Barclay (John McGiver).
Ted Barclay (Chad Everett), the son of Roger Barclay, takes a special interest in Maggie. After taking her on a date, he finds that her morals are different from the multitude of his previous women. This bachelor doesn’t seem to mind a good chase.
Irene sends Maggie to Paris as her representative for the annual fashion shows of the major European fashion designers, such as Marc Fontaine, Dior, and Balenciaga. The most important show is Marc Fontaine (Louis Jourdan) because Barclay Ames is the only store in New York that handles Fontaine gowns, and Maggie must keep that rapport between the two companies on her trip. Worried for Maggie’s safety, Ted calls his Paris-based columnist friend, Herb Stone (Richard Crenna), to look after her in Paris.
Maggie’s arrival in Paris is paired with a warning from Herb Stone that she may lose all of her inhibitions, which she quickly denies could happen. Marc Fontaine, the handsome French designer, had a relationship with Irene. It doesn’t take long for the Parisian scenery to play with Maggie’s emotions, leading her into the arms of Mr. Fontaine. Herb Stone completes the love triangle by pursuing Maggie as well. His version of a good time doesn’t involve the exciting dance club Maggie dances in for Mr. Fontaine. He would rather settle down in the bedroom.
Ted Barclay decides to fly to Paris to win Maggie’s heart once and for all.
MGM announced the film was part of their line up in February 1964. Doris Day was meant to star but she did not like the script. So Ann-Margret (who had just made Once a Thief and The Cincinnati Kid for MGM) was signed instead.
Bob Crane, who had just shot the pilot for Hogan's Heroes, was offered the male lead, as a newspaperman. This part ended up being played by Richard Crenna.
Richard Chamerblain was offered the role of the department store buyer but he dropped out after he read the script. This was played by MGM contractee Chad Everett.
Louis Jourdan signed to play the male lead. There was a report he pulled out when he discovered his character did not get the girl in the end.
Filming took place on the MGM backlot.
The costumes worn by Edie Adams, Ann-Margret and the fashion models were created by costumer designer Helen Rose.
Edie Adams wears a form-fitting, black-velvet, beaded gown that flares out at the knee with a satin skirt covered in coque feathers. Her matching cape is made of black-crepe chiffon featuring beading and three rows of coque feathers (13 min., 13 sec. into the film).
Ann-Margret’s arrival in Paris costume is a blue-beige coat completely lined with fox fur and worn over a sheath.
The Fontaine fashion show starts at 42 minutes into the movie featuring Helen Rose designs. ‘Golden Avalanche’ Three-piece ski suit of golden-yellow, stretch, jersey, slim pants, and the fingertip jacket is lined with silver grey Persian lamb, and a hooded sweater of Persian lamb.
‘Swirling Amethysts’ (45 min., 35 sec. into the film) Three hundred yards of pleated silk chiffon, the high rise neckline and low back bodice is of amethysts, rubies, gold, and diamonds.
Ann-Margret’s ‘After-Five Costume’ (50 min., 30 sec. into the film) Carl velvet coat embroidered and banded with sables.
Hair styling was done by Sydney Guilaroff.
Jazz music plays in the background for most of the film. Maggie Scott (Ann-Margret) performs a dance to a band in a Paris night club 55 minutes and 47 seconds into the film.
MGM was so impressed with Crenna's performance, it signed him to a three-picture deal.
The Los Angeles Times wrote that the film "was just not in the game class as Gigi" although Ann-Margret "gave her all."
Film critic Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote in his review: "... the styles of his chignon creations are still pretty much the same as they were in the days when he was piling impossible tresses on fabulous stars. Likewise, the contents of this picture, which came to neighborhood theaters yesterday, fall into a pattern not dissimilar to that of movies made 30 years ago."
The staff at Variety wrote in their review: "Stanley Roberts’ dull script, strongly reminiscent of yesteryear Doris Day-Rock Hudson-Cary Grant plots (but less effective), finds fashion buyer Ann-Margret rushed to Paris from the lecherous arms of her employer’s son (Chad Everett)."
Made in Paris was released to DVD by Warner Home Video on June 22, 2009.