Paris Bound

Paris Bound

"Paris Bound" is a 1927 play by Philip Barry. It was made into a movie in 1929, directed by Edward H. Griffith and starring Ann Harding and Fredric March.


Jim Hutton and Mary Archer are two liberals who are content to remain faithful to each other in spirit only. They are married with all the ritual of a church wedding, the bride believing that each should be allowed perfect freedom in personal contacts. Among the wedding guests is the young composer Richard Parrish, hardly disguising his admiration for the bride, and Noel Farley, whose passion is exceeded only by the pain of losing Jim to another woman. A child is born to them. When Jim goes off to Europe on a business trip, Mary declines to accompany him. Noel, who owns a villa at Antibes, lures Jim into a rendezvous. Menawhile, Mary has an affair with Richard. Learning of Jim's rendezvous, she considers a Paris divorce so as to marry Richard. When Jim unexpectedly returns, he tells Mary of his affair with a French woman. Mary is devastated, for she would never believe that her husband would actually sleep with another woman. In the end their mutual love is confirmed, and they decide to adopt traditional marriage morals and remain monogamous.

Production history

*The play ran on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre, from December 27, 1927 to July, 1928, for 234 performances. The production was directed by Arthur Hopkins. This is the play's only Broadway production to date, according to IBDB.
*In 1929 the play ran at Lyric Theatre, London, with Herbert Marshall, Edna Best and Laurence Olivier.

Cast for the movie

*Ann Harding - Mary Hutton
*Fredric March - Jim Hutton
*Carmelita Geraghty - Noel Farley
*Leslie Fenton - Richard Parrish
*George Irving - James Hutton, Sr.
*Charlotte Walker - Helen White
*Hallam Cooley - Peter
*Juliette Crosby - Nora Cope
*Ilka Chase - Fanny Shipman
*Rose Tapley - Julie
*Douglas Scott - Jimmy

External links

*imdb title|0020258
*ibdb show|6938

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