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Paris Qui Dort
The Crazy Ray
Directed byRené Clair
Written byRené Clair
Produced byHenri Diamant-Berger (producer)
StarringHenri Rollan
CinematographyMaurice Desfassiaux
Paul Guichard
Edited byRené Clair
Music byJean Wiener
Distributed byFilm Arts Guild
Release date
  • 26 December 1924 (1924-12-26)
Running time
65/55/35 minutes
LanguagesSilent film
French intertitles

Paris Qui Dort (literally "Paris which sleeps") is a 1924 French science fiction comedy silent feature film (65 minutes) directed by René Clair. Also released as Le rayon de la mort (55 minutes), its international English-language titles were The Crazy Ray and Paris Asleep (usually 55 minutes). It has also been released in the USA as a 35 minute short subject called At 3:25. by Red Seal Pictures.

Plot summary

The film is about a mad doctor who uses a magic ray on citizens which causes them to freeze in strange and often embarrassing positions. People who are unaffected by the ray begin to loot Paris.


  • Henri Rollan as Albert
  • Charles Martinelli as The scientist
  • Louis Pré Fils as the detective
  • Albert Préjean as The pilot
  • Madeleine Rodrigue as Hesta, the airline passenger
  • Myla Seller as The niece / daughter of the scientist
  • Antoine Stacquet as The rich man
  • Marcel Vallée as the thief

Home media

The film is available on the Region 1 Criterion DVD release of another Clair film, Under the Roofs of Paris (1930). It is also available for free at the Internet Archive.

See also

External links

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