It Happened in Paris

It Happened in Paris is a 1935 British romantic comedy film directed by Carol Reed and Robert Wyler and starring John Loder, Nancy Burne, and Esme Percy.[1] The film marked Reed's directorial debut, and after working on this film with Wyler he was the sole director on his next film Midshipman Easy. The film is also notable for John Huston's contributions to the screenplay.

It Happened in Paris
Directed byCarol Reed
Robert Wyler
Produced byRay Wyndham
Written byYves Mirande (play)
H.F. Maltby
John Huston
Katherine Strueby
StarringJohn Loder
Nancy Burne
Esme Percy
Lawrence Grossmith
Music byMonia Liter
Ernest Irving
CinematographyRobert Martin
Wyndham Films
Distributed byAssociated British Film Distributors
Release date
  • July 1935 (1935-07)
Running time
68 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

An American millionaire's son travels to France to study art, and falls in love in Paris.[2]


The film was made at Ealing Studios by the independent production company Wyndham Films. It is based on the play L'Arpete by Yves Mirande.


Paul, artistically-inclined son of an American millionaire, moves to Paris where he can find inspiration and study the masters. While there, he finds inspiration of a different sort in the form of the beautiful Jacqueline.




  • Evans, Peter William. Carol Reed. Manchester University Press, 2005.
  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927–1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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