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Good Girls Go to Paris is a 1939 American romantic comedy film starring Melvyn Douglas and Joan Blondell.

Jenny Swanson (Blondell), a waitress on the college campus of a small town, confides to English Professor Ronald "Ronnie" Brooke (Douglas) that her dream is to go to Paris by any means necessary. After he tells her that he's going to New York City, she goes to the city, where she meets Brooke's future in-laws, the wealthy Brand family. Jenny ingrates herself into the family and seems on her way to landing a rich suitor, but her conscience and her heart may lead her in another direction.


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This film features examples of:

  • Calling the Old Man Out: Jenny ends up calling Olaf out for being so mean to his family to the point that they don't discuss their problems with him.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The tearoom hostess tells the waitresses with regards of the students that they'll serve that they're "only here to satisfy their appetite... for food."
  • Gold Digger:
    • Jenny isn't ashamed to admit to be okay with some gold-digging in her way to the top, though it's clear that she still has a conscience to be a clear-cut example.
    • Paul is a male example, as Jenny discovers that he's after Catherine only for her wealth.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Olaf, the grandfather of the Brand family, is quite cantankerous. Everybody is surprised with Jenny manages to gain his sympathy, but even then she ends up being the one to call him out for being so mean to his family.
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  • Pair the Spares: In the end, when everything is straightened out and Jenny gets Ronnie, Olaf givis his consent for Sylvia to be with Dennis.
  • Romantic False Lead: Tom, Sylvia's brother, who gets engaged with Jenny, but at the end it becomes obvious that he graciously takes a step aside so she can be with Ronnie.
  • She's Got Legs: Jenny, and she isn't afraid to show them too, which sometimes can cause a ruckus.
  • Title Drop: When Jenny confides to Ronnie that she isn't above a little gold-digging and blackmail to achieve her dream, he tries to dissuade her, telling her that "good girls go to Paris, too".
  • Uptown Girl: Jenny lears that Ronnie's fiancée Sylvia is actually in love with Dennis, but fears being disinherited by her very wealthy grandfather if they married because Dennis is the son of the family butler.
  • Waiting for a Break: Jenny works as a waitress on a college campus while coming up with a way to realize her dream to going to Paris.

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