Happy Birthday to one of the greatest of all times- Audrey!


Audrey Hepburn and William Holden’s second movie venture, Paris When it Sizzles, is a charming tale with a sort of plot within a plot aspect.

Directed by Richard Quine and released in 1964, Paris reunited Holden and Hepburn, who had not worked together since 1954’s Oscar winning Sabrina.

Paris opens with producer, Alexander Meyerheimer (Noel Coward) dictating a memo to be sent to his writer Richard Benson (Holden) who is supposed to be creating the next great screenplay. But when we first see Benson, we see him suntanning and drinking vodka on his sunporch. He has the title The Girl Who Stole Eiffel Tower, but that is about it.

In arrives Gabriel Simpson (Hepburn) as his new typist. Together they have to produce a full movie script in two days.


Richard and Gabriel get caught up their writing

As they start to brainstorm, many uncredited guest stars appear in their thoughts as they play out different versions of Benson’s movie. It seems as though every movie genre, from western to horror, makes an appearance in their musings. As the play out the scenes in their heads, Richard and Gabriel become the leading man and woman.


Richard and Gabriel, or Rick and Gaby, their characters in the movie within the movie, do not end up getting much work done at first, but a fine romance does develop. Although their characters may not have a happy ending in Benson’s story, the “real” Rick and Gaby are able to dance off into the Parisian sun. Benson at first sends her away but after she conveniently leaves her pet bird behind, he has to come and find her. He frankly tells her he loves her and then they set off to rewrite the awful script they had finished the night before.

Although this movie did not too all that well in the box office, I do think it is quite charming and fun. It was shot on  location and boasts a beautiful Parisian setting.

Hepburn is great as usual; guest star Tony Curtis plays he various uncredited roles fantastically. Unfortunately, like his onscreen character, Holden also had a drinking problem. The problem seemed to escalate while on set; it is said that Holden fell for Audrey when they filmed Sabrina and had never really gotten over her.

If you are an Audrey fan, this movie, while most definitely not her best, does deserve a viewing.

In celebration of the National Day of Writing, which is today, October 20, I decided to put together a short list of some of my favorite movie lines and monologues. Enjoy!

oZ“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore!”- Judy Garland as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz

“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate”- Strother Martin as Captain in Cool Hand Luke (although I think this line is better when Paul Newman’s character says it later in the film)

“Bond, James Bond.”- Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr. No

“Play it Sam.”- Ingrid Bergman is Ilsa Lund in Casablanca

“That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”- Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone with the WindGWTW

“As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”- Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind

“You think you’re God Almighty, but you know what you are? You’re a cheap, lousy, dirty, stinkin’ mug!”- Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (People just do not tell people off like they used to!)

“You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.”- Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront

Now, get this, you double-crossing chimpanzee: There ain’t going to be any interview and there ain’t going to be any story. And that certified check of yours is leaving with me in twenty minutes. I wouldn’t cover the burning of Rome for you if they were just lighting it up. If I ever lay my two eyes on you again, I’m gonna walk right up to you and hammer on that monkeyed skull of yours ’til it rings like a Chinese gong!”- Rosalind Russell as Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday

ButchCassidy“You just keep thinkin’ Butch. That’s what you’re good at.”- Robert Redford as Sundance Kid in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

“Look I probably should have told you this before but you see… well… insanity runs in my family… It practically gallops!”- Cary Grant as Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace

Do you know what’s wrong with you?” “No, what?” “Nothing.”- Audrey Hepburn as Regina Lampert and Cary Grant as Peter Joshua in Charade

“Story of my life. I always get the fuzzy end of the lollipop.”- Marilyn Monroe as Sugar in Some Like It Hot

To end, here is one of my favorite scenes from Some Like it Hot. Jack Lemon’s character Jerry has pretended to be a woman to escape the mob and has accidentally snagged a rich playboy

Well these are just a few of my favorite quotes. Did I miss one of your favorites? Let me know!