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Release Date:
24 August 1929 (USA) See more »
During World War I, a French girl is romanced by an American doughboy even though she is promised to a French soldier who is fighting at the front... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marion Davies ... Marianne
George Baxter ... André

Lawrence Gray ... Stagg

Cliff Edwards ... Soapy

Benny Rubin ... Sam

Scott Kolk ... Lieut. Frane

Robert Edeson ... The General
Emile Chautard ... Père Joseph
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ... One of the Doughboys (uncredited)

Oscar Apfel ... Maj. Russart (uncredited)

John Carroll ... Doughboy (uncredited)
Drew Demorest ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Soldier in Russart's Office (uncredited)
Seymour Kupper ... Teen-Age Boy (uncredited)

George Magrill ... MP (uncredited)
Douglas Scott ... Sylvestre (uncredited)
Fred Solm ... André (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Teen-age boy playing accordion for soldiers' marching song (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Z. Leonard 
Writing credits
Dale Van Every (story)

Laurence Stallings (dialogue) and
Gladys Unger (dialogue)

Joseph Farnham  titles (uncredited)

Produced by
Marion Davies .... producer (uncredited)
Robert Z. Leonard .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by) (as Oliver Marsh)
Film Editing by
James C. McKay (film editor) (as James McKay)
Basil Wrangell (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording engineer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adrian .... wardrobe
Music Department
Fred E. Ahlert .... music and lyrics by
Nacio Herb Brown .... interpolations
Arthur Freed .... interpolations
Jesse Greer .... interpolations
Raymond Klages .... interpolations
Roy Turk .... music and lyrics by
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111 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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One of three films Marion Davies starred in with Lawrence Gray as her leading man.See more »
Soapy:Can't you expectorate that man outta your mind?See more »
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Marion Meets the Moustache, 6 January 2008
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

Marion Davies moves unsteadily into sound films, as the title character in the musical "Marianne". This was Davies' first sound film; a silent version was filmed earlier. In her first aural offering, Ms. Davies combines silent mannerisms with a sometimes lilting, sometimes grunting French accent. Davies is admired by several U.S. soldiers, but mostly Lawrence Gray (as Stagg). Mr. Gray helps retrieve Davies' stolen pig, albeit mostly eaten.

There are several embarrassing scenes, but the film really goes downhill during a musical number involving Benny Rubin (Sam) and Cliff Edwards (Soapy) serenading a distraught Davies. This song and dance is followed by Davies doing deep knee bends, in drag, while bragging about her intimacy with a General. Later on, she does musical impressions of Maurice Chevalier and Sarah Bernhardt. They are not as fun as they sound! Mr. Rubin sings "The Girl from Neufchâteau" extremely well, though; his is the film's best musical performance.

The best scene occurs with Davies in a military jeep, with Gray; she is still disguised as a male officer, complete with moustache and a cap. The scene works because Davies, instead of playing a French woman, play-acts a French officer. Here, she proves herself an actress well-suited for talking pictures. You may also notice her sometimes uncanny resemblance to Lucille Ball; especially, recall Ms. Ball's "Lucy Meets the Moustache" (1960). It is most obvious Ball referenced some of Davies' comic work.

**** Marianne (8/24/29) Robert Z. Leonard ~ Marion Davies, Lawrence Gray, Benny Rubin

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