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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You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
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Rum Gum
5 October 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For his fourth film in America with Paramount, Maurice Chevalier was given Claudette Colbert as his leading lady, a woman who was also born in France. He's once again a Gallic charmer, this time using his charms as a tour guide in Venice.

When Claudette is over in Europe with parents George Barbier and Marion Ballou, she falls head over heels for Chevalier. He's so unlike the men she's known in America, especially the dullard that works for dear old dad and wants to marry her, Frank Lyons.

But Barbier ain't real happy with the prospect of Chevalier as a son-in-law as he considers Chevalier a fortune hunter. But we bring back to the USA and put him to work learning dad's business. Barbier is the chewing gum king of America. And I thought that honor belonged to the Wrigley family.

Maurice starts right at the bottom in the factory and foreman Nat Pendleton is told not to ease up on him by any means. But when Chevalier accidentally spills some bootleg rum on a vat of chewing gum and creates a new flavor, he's proclaimed a genius.

Chevalier was nominated for Best Actor for this role and for The Love Parade, but he lost to George Arliss for Disraeli. I don't think The Big Pond is anywhere near as good as The Love Parade, but it has its moments.

Maurice got two hit songs from the score of The Big Pond, You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me and Living In The Sunlight Loving In the Moonlight. The former you may remember served as the title of a film that starred Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward and the song was sung over the opening credits by Frank Sinatra. But it gained even more lasting success only a year later in the Marx Brothers comedy Monkey Business when Harpo 'sang' the song with a Victrola and Chevalier's 78 RPM record strapped to his back as the brothers were disembarking a ship.

Claudette sparkles as the leading lady and she shows more than a trace of the comic talent that would burst four years later in It Happened One Night. And George Barbier who is a favorite character actor of mine plays another exasperated father concerned for his daughter, a part he would patent over his career.

I wonder though, did the Wrigley family ever think marketing rum flavored gum at Cubs games?


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