Watching 1939: Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them. As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, that’s difficult.

1939 film:
Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)

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Release date:
June 30, 1939

Joan Blondell, Melvyn Douglas, Walter Connolly, Alan Curtis, Joan Perry, Isabel Jean, Stanley Brown, Alexander D’Arcy, Henry Hunter, Clarence Kolb, Howard Hickman, James Craig (uncredited), Ann Doran (uncredited), Mary Field (uncredited), Robert Sterling (uncredited)

Columbia Pictures

Alexander Hall

Jenny Swanson (Blondell) is a waitress at a diner on a college campus, but dreams of traveling to Paris. One way Jenny thinks she can do this is through blackmail a college boy and get paid off. When this plan fails, she turns to Ronald Brooke (Douglas), a professor she has befriended, who advises she goes home. Instead of heading to Minnesota, Jenny goes to New York City and gets mixed up with the Brand family, who Ronald will marry into soon.

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