WriterTristan Bernard, Percy Heath Release dateOctober 31, 1930 Music directorHoward Jackson, John Leipold ScreenplayVincent Lawrence, Percy Heath CastMaurice Chevalier (Albert Loriflan), Frances Dee (Yvonne Phillbert), O.P. Heggie (Philibert), Stuart Erwin (Paul Michel), Eugene Pallette (Pierre Bourdin), Dorothy Christy (Mlle. Berengere) Similar moviesStolen Kisses, Inglourious Basterds, Blackhat, Let's Be Cops, The Dreamers, Team America: World Police
Playboy of Paris is a 1930 American Pre-Code musical comedy film directed by Ludwig Berger and starring Maurice Chevalier, Frances Dee (in her film debut), and O.P. Heggie. It was based on a 1911 play The Little Cafe by Tristan Bernard which had previously been adapted into a 1919 French silent film. Paramount produced a separate French-language version The Little Cafe, also starring Chevalier.
The film introduced the song "My Ideal", composed by Richard A. Whiting and Newell Chase with lyrics by Leo Robin, which became a jazz standard.
Albert Loriflan, a waiter in a Paris cafe, unexpectedly inherits a large sum of money from a wealthy relative. His unscrupulous boss, Philibert, refuses to release him from his long-term contract in the hope that Albert will buy him off with a large payment. But Albert refuses, and continues to work at the cafe even though he is now very rich. Before long he falls in love with Philibert's daughter Yvonne.