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Das Spielzeug von Paris

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Das Spielzeug von Paris

Das Spielzeug von Paris
Lili Damita and Georges Treville
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Arnold Pressburger
Starring Lili Damita
Eric Barclay
Hugo Thimig
Georges Treville
Cinematography Gustav Ucicky, Max von Nekut
Distributed by Sascha-Film
Release dates October 16, 1925
Country Austria
Language silent

Das Spielzeug von Paris (English title Red Heels) is an Austrian silent film released in 1925 and directed by Michael Curtiz. It was the first film to feature French actress Lili Damita in the leading role.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Reception 4
    • Critical response 4.1
  • Other information 5
    • Availability 5.1
  • Pop culture 6
  • Soundtrack 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


A young British Georges Treville) to attend a party. She performs a dance at the party. She quarrels with her husband, but starts searching for him in the countryside on a stormy night. As a result, she catches pneumonia and nearly dies. After being nursed back to health by her husband, she decides to give up the stage for good.



Based on the novel Red Heels by Margery Lawrence, Das Spielzeug von Paris was filmed largely in Paris by the Austrian company Sascha-Film with the help of finance from the German FPS and the British Stoll film companies.


Critical response

The film was well received by the film magazines of the time, although sometimes the storyline was criticised for being kitsch. Artur Berger's sets in particular were highly praised by film reviewers. The film was universally regarded as a success. Sascha-Film made two more films with the same team. Samuel Goldwyn invited Lili Damita to Hollywood after watching this film.

Other information


Some copies of the film still exist, the most complete having Spanish intertitles. An advertising trailer also exists.

Pop culture

The film inspired the song Tired of Dancing by William Helmore.


The original score of the film is considered lost. In 2009, Austrian musician

See also


  • Poupée de Paris 1925 French booklet by Union Artistic Films

External links

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