- Paris Bound
"Paris Bound" is a 1927 play by
Philip Barry. It was made into a movie in 1929, directed by Edward H. Griffithand starring Ann Hardingand 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.
*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 Bestand 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
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