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Napoleon Bonaparte has just abdicated the throne of France and Italy and has been banished to Elba, in the process restoring Louis XVIII to the throne. In the battle between the Bonapartists and the Royalists, Louis has ordered the execution of Napoleon's loyal soldiers, including Armand de Treville. However, Armand is able to escape just before he is to be executed. He is eventually able to take refuge in the south of France at the chateau of his friend, the Countess Louise, who, despite being a Royalist, is Armand's friend first and foremost. He is to be incognito working as one of her servants. Although Louise is in love with Armand, he in turn sees her more as a sister. En route to Louise's, Armand meets another Royalist, Leonie de Beaufort, with who, in their short encounter, he falls in love, although she would not even recognize him if she saw him again if only because of his face being hidden in the darkness during their encounter. Unknown to Armand, Leonie and Louise are ... Written by
Amusingly escaping a firing squad, handsome French officer Ramon Novarro (as Armand de Treville) hides out in a young woman's boudoir. He's a supporter of Napoleon Bonaparte, banished from power by Louis XVIII in the opening minutes. Royalists continue to chase Mr. Novarro, who eventually takes refuge as a footman named "Charles" in another woman's southern château. His political enemies do not stand a chance, as Mr. Novarro is too clever and agile to be pinned down. He also makes feminine hearts flutter. In this case, they are Marion Harris (as Louise) and Dorothy Jordan (as Leonie)...
Although Ms. Jordan gets her heart broken, this time, she will get another chance with Novarro "In Gay Madrid" (1930). Sidney Franklin is patient and careful with the direction. On set, much of the singing and dialogue had to be recorded live. On location, dubbing and action are of fine quality. MGM edited in a Technicolor segment (alas, Novarro does not appear in color). "Devil-May-Care" was the first opportunity for millions to hear Novarro speak in an "All-talking!" motion picture. As is plainly evident, the silent star turned out to almost as loved by the microphone as he was by the camera.
****** Devil-May-Care (12/22/29) Sidney Franklin ~ Ramon Novarro, Marion Harris, Dorothy Jordan, John Miljan
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