Cafe Metropole

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  • 1937
  • 1 hr 23 min
  • 6.6  (704)

Cafe Metropole is a romantic comedy released by 20th Century Fox in 1937. The movie is directed by Edward H. Griffith and stars Loretta Young, Tyrone Power, and Adolphe Menjou in lead roles. Set in Paris, the movie revolves around Laura (Loretta Young) and her job as a telephone switchboard operator at Cafe Metropole. The cafe is a popular hotspot for Parisian society and is owned and run by Monsieur Victor (Adolphe Menjou).

Laura dreams of a better life and becomes infatuated with one of the cafe's regular customers, a suave and wealthy playboy named Paul (Tyrone Power). Paul is initially uninterested in Laura, and instead pursues a well-known dancer named Colette (Helen Westley).

However, when Laura accidentally overhears Paul discussing his financial troubles with Monsieur Victor, she sees an opportunity to win his heart by offering him a job at her uncle's perfume company. This sets off a series of events that ultimately bring Laura and Paul closer together.

As Laura and Paul's relationship develops, Monsieur Victor becomes increasingly jealous of their connection and begins to meddle in their affairs. Meanwhile, Laura's uncle suspects that Paul is only using her to gain access to his company's fragrances.

The movie builds towards a climactic scene at the annual Cafe Metropole ball, where Laura must choose between her love for Paul and her loyalty to Monsieur Victor and her uncle. The ball is the perfect setting for the ultimate test of their love, with multiple touching moments that are guaranteed to make viewers swoon.

Cafe Metropole is characterized by stunning Parisian scenery, lavish sets, and rich costumes, which transport audiences to a glamorous world of high society in the 1930s. The story is light and charming, with plenty of humor and intrigue to keep viewers engaged throughout.

The movie's three leads deliver standout performances that give the characters depth and flesh out their motivations. Loretta Young is effortlessly charming as the working-class beauty who dreams of a better life, and Tyrone Power is magnetic as the charming playboy who has trouble committing to any one woman.

Adolphe Menjou steals the show as Monsieur Victor, the sharp-tongued and manipulative cafe owner who seeks to protect his own interests at all costs. Menjou's performance is both hilarious and sinister, making him a perfect foil for the central couple's romantic arc.

Overall, Cafe Metropole is a delightful and entertaining romantic comedy that transports the viewer to an elegantly stylized Paris of the past. With its charming performances, sumptuous visuals, and engaging story, this movie is a must-see for any classic Hollywood enthusiast.

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    1 hr 23 min
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    6.6  (704)