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Monte Carlo (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 27 August 1930 (USA)
A countess flees to Monte Carlo on the day of her wedding, where she is courted by a count posing as a hairdresser.



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Complete credited cast:
Tyler Brooke ...
Prince Gustav von Liebenheim
Albert Conti ...
Master of Ceremonies
Helen Garden ...
Lady Mary
Donald Novis ...
Monsieur Beaucaire
Erik Bey ...
Lord Winderset
David Percy ...


Minutes before her wedding to Duke Otto Von Seibenheim, Countess Helene Mara flees, on a whim, to Monte Carlo, where she hopes her luck will save her poor financial state. There, Count Rudolph Farriere is taken by her beauty, but she rebuffs him, not even looking at him. Assuming the guise of a hairdresser, he finally succeeds in seeing her, night and morning. Sparks fly, and love ensues - but can she love a lowly hairdresser? As her finances worsen though, the Duke arrives, and his money and social status seem even more enticing. Shunning Rudolph, will her story follow the operatic "unhappy ending", or can she have it all? Written by Rick

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As exciting as a caress! As intimate as clinging silk! See more »







Release Date:

27 August 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monte Karlo  »


Box Office


$726,465 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Loosely based on the Booth Tarkington novel (1900) that was also source for the Rudolph Valentino drama Monsieur Beaucaire (1924) and the Bob Hope comedy Monsieur Beaucaire (1946). And there really is an English operetta (1918) based on the book, composed by André Messager, later adapted to French. It looks like recordings are only available for the French version. As of this writing (2017), both movies are available on DVD, but Valentino's looks like it's in public domain. See more »


When Rudolph is leaving the Countess's boudoir after kissing her and depositing her on the chaise-lounge, the shadow of the microphone boom can be seen on the door. See more »


Prince Otto Von Seibenheim: I am glad that your hairdresser...
Countess Helene Mara: Please don't mention him. I don't wanna hear another word about hair or hairdresser. What's the opera about?... I asked you what the opera is about?
Prince Otto Von Seibenheim: It's er... all about a hairdresser but I... I can't help it. I didn't write it.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jeanette MacDonald (1962) See more »


Always in All Ways
Music by Richard A. Whiting and W. Franke Harling
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald ans Jack Buchanan
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17 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Jeanette MacDonald is luminous, and, to my utter surprise, there is a real erotic charge between MacDonald and Jack Buchanan. Parts of the score may be a bit underwhelming, but "Beyond the Blue Horizon" is as terrific as advertised. Of course, at the root of it all is the peerless cinematic wit of Ernst Lubitsch. A marvelous trifle with a real depth of feeling.

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