Bachelor in Paradise

Synopsis: A. J. Niles is the author of a series of 'Bachelor Books'. These books describe the romantic life of a bachelor in various cities of the world. But when he runs into trouble with the I.R.S. for back taxes, he needs to write another book fast, to pay them. His publisher decides a book about life in the American suburbs would be a hit, and settles him into Paradise Cove. One bachelor plus lonely housewives equals many angry husbands.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Jack Arnold
Production: MGM
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
109 min

When she sighs and her baby-blue

eyes embrace your face

Lies, all lies

What the lady wants

Is your closet space.

Bachelor in Paradise,

be careful

Bachelor in Paradise,


Lights down low

Frankie's records

And cocktails on the floor

You should know

It's the garden of

Eden seen once more.

Adam, come on,

be smart

Just take your fig leaf

and depart

And leave one bachelor

less in Paradise.

These days,

as you may have noticed,

many a motion picture

opens, with a scene

which rightly belongs

somewhere in the middle of the story.

But this time we have a novel.

This picture opens

where the story begins.

Somewhere in the

south of France.

Pardonnez-moi, madame.

Chapter seven:

The French women.

The mature French woman

has elevated the physical act of kissing

to artistic level unattained by

any other society.

Kissing an experienced

French woman

provides the average male with

a sensation that compares favourably with...

with a...


Pardonnez-moi, Mr. Niles.

A transatlantic call

for you, from your publisher?

I'll take it up

right there.


Oh, Austin?

I thought I never get you on the phone.

I had you paged the all over France.

Do you realise I've been

up all night trying to get you?

And all I could get from the operators

is that you... you're out...

or your line is engaged,

whatever that is...

It's noon over here, and I haven't

even had any breakfast, yet.

Dear lad, how are you?

Oh, hard at work.

I'm up to chapter seven,

on How the French Live.

How's it coming?

Ah, fine. I'm two weeks ahead on the research

and four months behind on a writing.

I'm afraid you'll

have to interrupt it, Adam.

And fly back here

on the next jet.

What? Why?

Because of the demands

of the United States Government.

Very large

domestic organization.

Oh yes. I used to get my mail from them.

Is anything wrong?

Wrong! You are in deep

and serious difficulties, Adam.

If to be euphemistic about it.

I'll see you in Washington

tomorrow afternoon.

Tomorrow? But I'm in

the middle of the book. I just can't...

You are in the middle

of a tornado, Adam.

And it's lively

destroy you completely.

Now climb on that

next jet out of Paris,

and don't speak to a soul.

Mind you, no publicity.

Yes, but Austin,

it's not that...

In fact, if anybody ask you,

deny that you are A. J. Niles.

Use an alias.

Your mother's maiden name.

Or was Niles

Your mother's maiden name?

Your innuendo is offensive!

What innuendo? Uncle Sam has

been calling you on for days!



629,470 dollars?

That's according

to our present calculations.

It may be more.

But it can't be more.

I didn't earn that much.

Even a government can't

take over a hundred percent.

Dear lad, they subpoenaed me,

I had to give them the figures.

Mr. Niles, you've been out of the

country for fourteen years,

you wrote dozen books

which rose to total off

1 million, 214 thousands,

704 dollars, 63 cents.

But what about my expenses?

- We have no record of any expenses.

I sent them all to my

business manager, every month!

I've explained all that

to this gentleman, Adam.

But matter of fact you are

responsible for the actions

of your business

manager, Mr. Niles.

Well doesn't anyone have

any idea where he run of to?

Vanish like a puff of smoke.

I just can't believe that

Herman Wappinger is dishonest.

That man wears piping in his vest.

In all the years, Mr. Niles,

Mr. Wappinger has been

handling your affairs,

he never once had filed

an income tax return for you.

And we are

most sympathetic Mr. Niles,

but this is a clear case of fraud.

All my life's earning

is down the drain

just because I was stupid enough to get

Herman Wappinger my power of attorney.

I'm not only a criminal,

I'm also a popper.

You haven't a dime, Adam.

The department has

attached everything,

all your royalties

as they come in.

We had to, Mr. Niles.

That's the law.

Yeah, I know that law,

it's called instant poverty.

You might as well put me in

jail, at least I'll be able to eat.

That won't be necessary,

under the circumstances.

Mr. Palfrey has offered to put up

a surety bond.

Oh thanks, Austin.

Then I'm free to leave?

You're free to leave this office,

but not this country.



214 thousands, 704 dollars and...

63 cents.


I'm an american citizen.

They can't force me

to stay in this country.

Yes, they can, dear boy.

Until you pay back

those $624,000,

or until Herman Wappinger's conscience

forces him to materialize.

Right now Herman is probably on

a yacht with four beautiful gals.

Livin' it up!

I hope he's taking notes.

In the meantime, what do I do?

- You could go to work.

I could go back to Cleveland,

get my old job at a sports desk,

$62.50 a week and free

passes for the dog show.

No. I have an idea for you.

Your next book.

What next book? I ain't

finished researching my last one.

Then you can start researching your

next one immediately.

"How the Americans Live."

You're joking.

- I'm not joking at all, old boy.

A Niles-eye view of America

might be absolutely sensational.

It could be the biggest

seller you had yet.

And if it's anything like your others,

half of the people

of America will buy it,

just to see what they've missed.

Plus the other half will buy it

to see what you've missed.

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Valentine Davies

Valentine Loewi Davies (August 25, 1905 – July 23, 1961) was an American film and television writer, producer, and director. His film credits included Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Chicken Every Sunday (1949), It Happens Every Spring (1949), The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), and The Benny Goodman Story (1955). He was nominated for the 1954 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Glenn Miller Story. Davies was born in New York City, served in the Coast Guard, and graduated from the University of Michigan where he developed his writing skill with a column in the Michigan Daily and honed his skills further as a graduate student at Yale Drama School. He walked away from his family's successful real estate business in New York and moved to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. He wrote a number of Broadway plays and was president of the Screen Writers Guild and general chairman of the Academy Awards program. He wrote the story for the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, which was given screen treatment by the director, George Seaton. Davies also did a novelization of the story, which was published as a novella by Harcourt Brace & Company in conjunction with the film release. Miracle on 34th Street earned him an Academy Award for Best Story. From 1949-50, he served as President of the Screen Writers Guild. He died in 1961 at his home in Malibu, California when he was fifty-five years old. His secretary at the time of his death, Marian Saphro, recalled many years later that her boss died in the midst of a heavy laugh. The Valentine Davies Award was established in 1962, the year following his death, by the Writers Guild of America, West, in his honor. It has been awarded annually, excepting the years 2006, 2010, and 2015. more…

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