Synopsis by Hal Erickson
It has often been reported that Howard Hawks tried and failed to create an "art" film with Paid to Love, only to return to his traditional no-nonsense cinematic approach when the film failed at the box-office. While it is true that Hawks adopted a "Germanic" approach, replete with languid tracking shots and offbeat camera angles, Paid to Love was in fact a very conventional-looking film, especially for a Fox production of 1927. Written and rewritten numerous times before production began, the story concerns the misadventures of Crown Prince Michael (George O'Brien), the shy and introverted regent of a mythical European country. Even Michael's own subjects consider him a stick in the mud, preferring the roguish escapades of his playboy cousin Prince Eric (William Powell). While on a visit to America, Michael loses his inhibitions thanks to the tender ministrations of down-to-earth showgirl Dolores (Virginia Valli), who has been hired to arouse the Crown Prince's libido and thereby transform him into a more popular ruler. Inevitably, Dolores and Michael fall in love, leading to the equally inevitable complications -- and a surprising conclusion.
aristocracy, con/scam, cousin, impersonation, love, marriage, romance, seduction, showgirl, shyness