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While Paris Sleeps (1932)

To save his daughter Manon (Helen Mack) from falling into the hands of a vicious gang of pimps, convict Jacques Costard (Victor McLaglen) escapes from jail.


Allan Dwan


Basil Woon


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Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... Jacques Costaud
Helen Mack ... Manon Costaud
William Bakewell ... Paul Renoir
Jack La Rue ... Julot
Rita La Roy ... Fifi
Maurice Black ... Roca
Dot Farley ... Concierge
Lucille La Verne ... Mme. Golden Bonnet
Paul Porcasi ... Kapas
Edward Dillon ... Concierge's Husband (as Eddie Dillon)


To save his daughter Manon (Helen Mack) from falling into the hands of a vicious gang of pimps, convict Jacques Costard (Victor McLaglen) escapes from jail.

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Lovers, Wantons and Wastrels are Awake









Release Date:

8 May 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enquanto Paris Dorme See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Initially the project was to be directed by Rowland Brown and co-star Joan Bennett, not Helen Mack. See more »

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Life in the Paris gutter
19 October 2014 | by richard-1787See all my reviews

This is the sort of movie Hollywood made in the 1920s and 30s that played to a fascination with how "the other half" lived. It tells the story of a young woman who is left penniless at the death of her mother, and thrown out on the streets of Paris. She gets a job working in a dance hall, where the manager intends to sell her to a wealthy South American.

That young woman is the daughter of a convict, Victor McLaglin, who just escaped from Devil's Island and returns to Paris to see her.

It's all pretty much 1930s melodrama. A few scenes could have been touching if they had been better developed.

I can't say that this movie really has anything to recommend it. McLaglin gave much better performances later, in such movies as Wee Willie Winkee and Gunga Din.

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