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Evening Clothes
Director: Luther Reed (Dir)
Release Date:   19 Mar 1927
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 16 Mar 1927
Duration (in feet):   6,287
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Adolphe Menjou (Lucien D'Artois)  
    Virginia Valli (Germaine)  
    Noah Beery (Lazarre)  
    Louise Brooks (Fox Trot)  
    Lido Manetti (Henri)  
    André Cheron (Germaine's father)  

Summary: Lucien D'Artois, a wealthy French farmer fond of raising horses, is married to Germaine, according to the terms of a marriage contract. When she finds his rustic interests unbearable, she leaves him. Determined to become a polished Parisian, Lucien goes to the city and assiduously studies fencing and dancing but is unable to gain her favor. He embarks on a life of frivolity and free spending and to demonstrate his powers with women deliberately steals Fox Trot, a nightclub girl, from Lazarre. When his fortune is depleted, his entire possessions are confiscated with the exception of a suit of evening clothes. Living by his wits, Lucien imagines himself still a popular and wealthy count, and returning to his bare flat, he finds his wife returned to him. 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Luther Reed (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
  Jesse L. Lasky (Pres)
  B. P. Schulberg (Assoc prod)
Writer: John McDermott (Scr)
  George Marion Jr. (Titles)
Photography: Hal Rosson (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Eda Warren (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Source Text: Based on the play L'homme en habit by Yves Mirande and André Picard (Paris, 25 Mar 1920).
Authors: Yves Mirande
  André Picard

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 19/3/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP23777

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Genre: Comedy
Sub-Genre: Society
 
Subjects (Major): Dancers
  Farmers
  Fencing and fencers
  France
  Marriage
  Nobility
  Paris (France)
  Poverty

Note: The Man in Evening Clothes , an English-language version of the play Un homme en habit , translated by Ruth Chatterton, had a brief Broadway run beginning on 5 Dec 1924. Paramount produced two sound and dialogue versions of this film, both produced at the Paramount studios in Joinville, France. A Spanish-language version, Un caballero de frac , was directed by Roger Capellani and Carlos San Martín and starred Roberto Rey and Gloria Guzmán (see entry above). A French-language version, Un home de habit , was directed by René Guissart and Robert Bossis, and starred Fernand Gravey and Suzy Vernon. Only the Spanish-language film was released in the U.S. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   3 Apr 1927.   
New York Times   21 Mar 1927   p. 10.
Variety   23 Mar 1927   p. 15.

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