A tour guide in Venice romances a visiting American tourist whose father owns a chewing-gum factory back in the U.S. She sets out to convince her skeptical father to bring the tour guide to America and give him a job in the plant.

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A tour guide in Venice romances a visiting American tourist whose father owns a chewing-gum factory back in the U.S. She sets out to convince her skeptical father to bring the tour guide to America and give him a job in the plant.

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Alternate-language version of La grande mare (1930) See more »

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Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight
Written by Al Sherman and Al Lewis
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
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"People's jaws in perpetual motion"
5 December 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Pierre (Maurice Chevalier) is invited to work in the USA for Mr Billings's (George Barbier) chewing gum factory. Pierre wants to marry Mr Billings's daughter Barbara (Claudette Colbert). However, neither her father nor her fiancée, Ronnie (Frank Lyon) are too keen on this idea and they try to force him to return home. However, Pierre discovers a new flavour chewing-gum and is quickly embraced into the corporate world. How will Barbara respond....she can't stand the corporate world....

The film contains a couple of good songs but that's it. The story drags and Claudette Colbert isn't given much to do. She has a funny line or two but I think that it is George Barbier who has the best role. The film is also in poor condition picture-wise and this brings it down overall. Not worth keeping onto.


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