To Paris with Love

To Paris with Love is a 1955 British comedy film directed by Robert Hamer and starring Alec Guinness, Odile Versois and Vernon Gray.[1][2]

To Paris with Love
Directed byRobert Hamer
Produced byAntony Darnborough
Screenplay byRobert Buckner
Story bySterling Noel
StarringAlec Guinness
Music byEdwin Astley
CinematographyReginald H. Wyer
Edited byAnne V. Coates
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • 11 January 1955 (1955-01-11) (UK)
Running time
78 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom


A father and son play matchmaker for each other during a trip to Paris.[1]


  • Alec Guinness as Col. Sir Edgar Fraser
  • Odile Versois as Lizette Marconne
  • Vernon Gray as John Fraser
  • Elina Labourdette as Sylvia Gilbert
  • Jacques François as Victor de Colville
  • Austin Trevor as Leon de Colville
  • Jacques Brunius as Aristide Marconnet
  • Claude Romain as Georges Duprez
  • Maureen Davis as Suzanne de Colville
  • Mollie Hartley Milburn as Madame Alvarez
  • Michael Anthony as Pierre
  • Pamela Stirling as Madame Marconnet
  • Claude Collier as Solo Drummer, Cabaret Act
  • George Lafaye Company as Cabaret Act

Critical reception

In a contemporary review, The New York Times wrote, "the screen play by Robert Buckner about a Scottish gentleman and his son who visit Paris and have mild infatuations, the son with an older woman and the father with a girl, is an obvious and strained stab at humor, almost empty of wit or irony. And the performance of Mr. Guinness in it is perhaps the most pallid and listless he has ever turned in. These are hard words to utter about Mr. Guinness and one of his films, but the lack of his customary vigor is so evident that the words cannot be withheld. Except for occasional moments, when Mr. Guinness takes sudden spurts at farce—such as getting his suspenders caught in a hotel-room door or finding himself entangled in a badminton net—he walks through his slight romantic pretense as though he were either ill or bored. His director, Robert Hamer, must share the responsibility, too, for the pace and invention in creation are conspicuously slow and undefined".[3] More recently, the Radio Times applauded the film as "An amiable, light-hearted exercise in postwar "naughtiness"...enlivened by Guinness's engaging performance, reunited as he is with his Kind Hearts and Coronets director Robert Hamer, and a screenplay of sweet charm from Warner Bros veteran Robert Buckner. Both the leading lady, lovely Odile Versois, and Paris itself are delightful in mid-1950s Technicolor, and this movie, though slight, is often shamefully underrated."[4]


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