Paris - When It Sizzles

Synopsis: Hollywood producer Alexander Meyerheimer has hired drunken writer Richard Benson to write his latest movie. Benson has been holed up in a Paris apartment supposedly working on the script for months, but instead has spent the time living it up. Benson now has just two days to the deadline and thus hires a temporary secretary, Gabrielle Simpson, to help him complete it in time.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Richard Quine
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Memorandum to Paramount Pictures,

Hollywood, California,

from Alexander Meyerheim.

Subject - my latest production.

Gentlemen, while you sit back safely

in your air-conditioned offices,

we here... in the trenches

are progressing brilliantly.

As to your anxieties

about the script, dismiss them.

l talked to the author in Paris.

He assures me that he has

at this moment 138 glorious pages,

which are even now being typed. l

plan tojoin him in Paris on Sunday.

Period. Paragraph.

Gentlemen, success is inevitable.

An Alexander Meyerheim production

of an original story and screenplay

by Richard Benson.

- Richard Benson?

- You know him, my angel?

Know him?

l hate him! Richard Benson, phooey!

lt seems there are facets of him

you know even better than l do.

l cannot imagine

when he finds time to write.

Unfortunately, he had time

to write a script for me.

The last ten pages were found

floating off Malibu,

in a vodka bottle.

Send the usual telegram to Benson.

Richard assures me that for all

practical purposes he's on the wagon.

lt's open. Come in.

- Yes?

- Mr Benson?

You are the young lady

from the typing bureau?

l am.

lf we are to have a happy

and harmonious relationship,

l beg you, never answer

a question with a question.

- ls that clear?

- Did l?

There you go again, answering

a question with a question.

My yes when you opened the door

was a question.

Question mark implied, of course.

You know the difference

between implied and inferred?

lsn't that a question?


Then you answered my question

with a question.

To imply is to indicate

without saying openly or directly,

to infer is to conclude

from something known or assumed.

- My name is Gabrielle Simpson.

- ls that a bird?

l was told thejob would take several

days. l had nobody to leave him with.

Well, this is it. The office there,

l live up here,

the terrace is out there.

That grotesque object so prominent

on the horizon is the Eiffel Tower.

l had it moved there to remind me

what town l'm in.

lf it offends you,

l'll have it taken away again.

You live through here.

lt's an adjoining room,

which no doubt to your mind

has terribly sinister connotations.

- Not at all...

- lf so, dismiss them.

l would have got you a room

down the hall

but thejoint's filled up.

Bastille Day weekend, all that.

lt's quite alright. l once worked

for an American novelist

who only wrote in the bathtub.

l'm used to anything.

You can unpack. ln the bathtub?

Yes. l gave him a packet of

bubble bath and we got on swimmingly.

l see.

Does that imply that

the bird's name is Richelieu?

lt's inferred, l believe,

rather than implied.


lnteresting figure of speech.

You call the canary Richelieu

because you wanted a cardinal?

That's very funny.

No, it isn't.

Just one of the hazards of being

a famous international wit,

which l am. Have to keep trying.

l can't tell you how delighted l am

by this assignment, Mr Benson.

And to have the opportunity to work

with a screenwriter of your stature.

l'm interested in cinema myself.

l'm sure l can learn a great deal.

Thank you.

Last month l worked for Roger Roussin

the New Wave director. You know him?

l'm more of an Old Wave man.

The picture's terribly interesting.

Very avant-garde.

About people who go to this party

and decide not to play Scrabble.

lt was called The Scrabble Game

Will Not Take Place.

His next one's about a girl

who won't have a birthday party -

Blow Out No Candles.

Roger believes what's important

on screen is what doesn't happen.

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George Axelrod

George Axelrod (June 9, 1922 – June 21, 2003) was an American screenwriter, producer, playwright and film director, best known for his play, The Seven Year Itch (1952), which was adapted into a movie of the same name starring Marilyn Monroe. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his 1961 adaptation of Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's and also adapted Richard Condon's The Manchurian Candidate (1962). more…

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