Idol of Paris
Idol of Paris is a 1948 film based on the novel Paiva, Queen of Love by Alfred Schirokauer, about a mid-19th century French courtesan Theresa who sleeps her way from poverty to the top of Second Empire society. It was an attempt by its makers to imitate the success of the Gainsborough melodramas.
|The Idol of Paris|
|Directed by||Leslie Arliss|
|Produced by||R.J. Minney|
|Written by||Stafford Dickens|
|Based on||novel Paiva, Queen of Love by Alfred Schirokauer|
|Music by||Mischa Spoliansky (composer),|
Louis Levy (musical director)
|Cinematography||Jack E. Cox|
|Edited by||Bert Bates|
|Distributed by||Premier Productions Ltd|
Warner Brothers (US)
|Budget||less than £100,000|
- Beryl Baxter – Theresa
- Michael Rennie – Hertz, one of Theresa's lovers
- Christine Norden – Cora Pearl
- Miles Malleson – Offenbach
- Andrew Osborn – Antoine
- Andrew Cruickshank – Prince Nicholas
- Kenneth Kent – Emperor Napoleon
- Margaretta Scott – Empress Eugenie
- Patti Morgan – Bellanger
- Genine Graham – Barucci
- Henry Oscar – Lachman
- Sybille Binder – Mrs. Lachman
- Leslie Perrins – Count Paiva
- Campbell Cotts – George Tremer Sr.
- John Penrose – George Cremer Jr.
- April Stride as Countess de Molney
- Donald Gray as Police Inspector
- June Holden as Marie
- Frederick Bradshaw as Chamberlain
- Marianne Stone as Theresa's Secretary
The film was produced by Maurice Ostrer who moved into independent production after leaving Gainsborough Pictures. He set up his own company, Premier Productions, and made the film in association with R.J. Minney and Leslie Arliss who had all collaborated on The Wicked Lady. It was shot at MGM's British studios.
- Maurice Ostrer at Britmovie
- Robert Murphy, Gainsborough's Producers
- "BRITISH FILMS". The Sun (2317). Sydney. 7 September 1947. p. 19. Retrieved 13 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- Murphy, Robert (2003). Realism and Tinsel: Cinema and Society in Britain 1939-48. Routledge. pp. 120–121.
- Maurice Ostrer at BFI Screenonline
- Idol of Paris Monthly Film Bulletin; London15.169 (Jan 1, 1948): 30.