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A Night at the Ritz

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A Night at the Ritz
Directed byWilliam C. McGann
Written byManuel Seff
Albert J. Cohen
Robert T. Shannon
Produced bySamuel Bischoff
StarringWilliam Gargan
Patricia Ellis
Allen Jenkins
CinematographyJames Van Trees
Edited byJack Killifer
Music byLeo F. Forbstein
Distributed byWarner Brothers
Release date
  • March 23, 1935 (1935-03-23)
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States

A Night at the Ritz is a 1935 American comedy film directed by William C. McGann and starring William Gargan, Patricia Ellis and Allen Jenkins.[1] The art direction was by Esdras Hartley. The film is of interest because the storyline, involving a con artist trying to profit off an impersonation, somewhat anticipates the more-famous Nothing Sacred two years later.


Leopold Jaynos dreams of becoming a famous chef, despite the fact that he can't cook a whit. Fast-talking press agent Duke Regan, who's dating his sister Marcia, comes up with a scheme: He goes to the Ritz Hotel and tells manager Vincent that a world-famous Hungarian chef is coming to visit and to roll out the red carpet for him and his entourage (meaning Regan and sidekick Gyp). Vincent happily agrees, but with his own job on the line, begs Regan to get Leopold to become the new chef for the hotel. Problem: Regan doesn't know that Leopold can't really cook--those delicious meals he had at the Jaynos home were actually cooked by their mother.



  1. ^ Gledhill p.36


  • Christine Gledhill. Stardom: Industry of Desire. Psychology Press, 1991.

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