- Director:Richard Brooks
- Writer:Julius J. Epstein,Philip G. Epstein
- Cast:Elizabeth Taylor,Van Johnson,Walter Pidgeon
- Time:1h 56min
|Complete credited cast:|
|Elizabeth Taylor||-||Helen Ellswirth|
|Van Johnson||-||Charles Wills|
|Walter Pidgeon||-||James Ellswirth|
|Donna Reed||-||Marion Ellswirth|
|Eva Gabor||-||Lorraine Quarl|
|George Dolenz||-||Claude Matine|
|Odette Myrtil||-||Singer (as Odette)|
Lester Cowan had previously tried to make the film in the 1940s, with Cary Grant and Shirley Temple as father and daughter. He originally planned to co-produce with his partner Mary Pickford.
This is one of a handful of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions of the early 1950s, whose original copyrights were never renewed, and are now in the Public Domain. For this reason, this title is now offered, often in very inferior copies, at bargain prices, by numerous VHS and DVD distributors, who do not normally handle copyrighted or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer material.
The film is loosely based upon F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story "Babylon Revisited".
While the "mystery challenger" on What's My Line?: Elizabeth Taylor (1954), Elizabeth Taylor was asked why this movie was renamed. She replied that the studio was afraid audiences would assume that a movie titled "Babylon Revisited" was about Biblical subject matters.
Variety reported that William Wyler would direct the film for Paramount Pictures, with Gregory Peck as Charles Wills.
Independent Producer Lester Cowan bought F. Scott Fitzgerald's film adaptation of his short story "Babylon Revisited", which the author had retitled "Cosmopolitan" for the screen, for a bargain price, and hired Fitzgerald's services as Screenwriter. Cowan was frustrated in his attempts to make the film, and eventually sold it to MGM, who updated it from the 1920s.
This was Sir Roger Moore's first American release.
February and May 1954 Hollywood Reporter news items include Carlos Thompson and Murray Pollack in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed.
Sandy Descher, seen here as Van Johnson's precocious, ballet-dancing daughter, is best remembered for one of her other roles: She played the little girl found wandering in the desert who spoke the immortal line "Them!" In the 1954 sci-fi classic about giant ants, Them.
The Japanese title translated in English is "Died in Paris in the Rainy Morning".
Helen paraphrases Thomas Wolfe, "You can never go home again," a reference to one of his novels, "You Can't Go Home Again" (1940).
First shown on network television after being telecast on local stations for years.
This marked Philip G. Epstein's last release. He died in February 1952.
A Daily Variety news item reported that Bernard Smith would produce the film, and that Screenwriters Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein would co-direct.
The plot element of Taylor's character contacting pneumonia interestingly foreshadows the actress' real life battle with the disease several years later. Taylor always insisted it was her near-death experience and resultant tracheotomy, and not her performance, that won her an Oscar for Butterfield 8.