With William Holden, narration
For the soundtrack of the movie: “Paris When It Sizzles”
From the CD Frank Sinatra In Hollywood (1940-1964) Disc 6, track 15
William Holden: I got an idea. I got an idea, first good one I’ve had in four months. No, that’s not true, a few weeks ago I had an idea to give up drinking, but it did not photograph. Now, this will be good, very good indeed, a simple story of a simple Parisian working girl and how she spent July 14th. The whole picture plays in one day, and I got two days to write it. Fade in, exterior Paris, and our story begins. It’s early Bastille Day morning. And all the trumpets of Paris are sounding Reveille. (Fanfare) Now, over a shot of the Arch of Triumph, superimposed, an Alexander Meyerheim Production. Cut to the Eiffel Tower. The Main Title The trumpets segway into the inevitable title song. Maybe we can get some actor to sing it.
Frank Sinatra sings: The girl who stole the Eiffel Tower also stole my heart.
William Holden continues: There follows an interminable list of other credits acknowledging the efforts of all the, quote, little people, unquote, whom I shall so graciously thank in my acceptance speech at the Academy Award. As the cymbals crash, original story and screen play by Richard Benson. Okay. Fade-out…