Café Metropole (1937) Online
Victor Lobard, the smooth and nimble owner of the Café Metropole in Paris, has only ten days to replace a small fortune he embezzled from the business; he and a clerk face prison if he fails. He thinks he's won the money at a casino then learns he's in possession of a rubber check written by Alexander Brown, a well-mannered but penniless Yank. Lobard cooks up a scheme: to have Brown pretend to be a Russian prince, woo a visiting American, and get her rich father to give Brown the money Lobard needs. Several problems: Brown's not a very good impostor, a real Russian prince presents himself, and the two young people fall in love. Does prison await or do wild strawberries?
|Complete credited cast:|
|Loretta Young||-||Laura Ridgeway|
|Tyrone Power||-||Alexander Brown aka Alexis|
|Adolphe Menjou||-||Monsieur Victor|
|Gregory Ratoff||-||Paul / Real Prince Alexis Paneiev|
|Charles Winninger||-||Joseph Ridgeway|
|Helen Westley||-||Margaret Ridgeway|
|Christian Rub||-||Maxl Schinner|
|Ferdinand Gottschalk||-||Monsieur Leon Monnet|
|Hal K. Dawson||-||Arthur Cleveland Thorndyke|
|Paul Porcasi||-||Police Official|
|André Cheron||-||Croupier (as Andre Cheron)|
|George Beranger||-||Hat Clerk (as Andre Beranger)|
Two scenes featuring Bill Robinson (aka "Bojangles Robinson") were cut from the final version of the film: a solo tap dance performance in black tie by the dancing legend and a duet in beachcomber outfits with Geneva Sawyer. Both scenes are included in a DVD released by Fox as part of "Tyrone Power, Matinee Idol."
Among the photos in Monsieur Victor Lobard's office are Warner Baxter, Shirley Temple, Will Rogers, Alice Faye, Rochelle Hudson, Thomas Beck, all Fox players, plus Gloria Swanson, Jack Dempsey, and Charles Chaplin.
Hollywood Reporter production charts and news items listed Jean Hersholt in the cast, but he did not appear in the movie.