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Director:
Writers:
Hans Müller (play)
Booth Tarkington (novel) ...
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Release Date:
27 August 1930 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
As intimate as a lady's boudoir! (original window card poster) See more »
Plot:
Minutes before her wedding to Duke Otto Von Seibenheim, Countess Helene Mara flees, on a whim, to Monte Carlo... See more » | Add synopsis »
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NewsDesk:
"Kilometre Zero," "Lubitsch Musicals"
 (From IFC. 4 March 2008, 4:00 AM, PST)

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I agree with mgmax, this is a rare Lubitsch dud... See more (29 total) »

Cast

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Jack Buchanan ... Count Rudolph Falliere / Rudy the Hairdresser

Jeanette MacDonald ... Countess Helene Mara
Claud Allister ... Prince Otto von Liebenheim

Zasu Pitts ... Bertha
Tyler Brooke ... Armand
John Roche ... Paul, the 'Real' Hairdresser
Lionel Belmore ... Duke Gustav von Liebenheim
Albert Conti ... Prince Otto's Companion / M.C
Helen Garden ... Lady Mary in Stage Opera
Donald Novis ... Monsieur Beaucaire in Stage Opera
Erik Bey ... Lord Windorset
David Percy ... Herald
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Barwyn ... Frenchman (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Hunchback at Casino (uncredited)
John Carroll ... Wedding Guest Officer (uncredited)
Frances Dee ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Geraldine Dvorak ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Edgar Norton ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Hairdresser (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
 
Writing credits
Hans Müller (play "The Blue Coast")

Booth Tarkington  novel "Monsieur Beaucaire" and
Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland  play "Monsieur Beaucaire"

Ernest Vajda (adaptation)

Vincent Lawrence (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Ernst Lubitsch .... producer
 
Original Music by
W. Franke Harling 
Karl Hajos (uncredited)
Herman Hand (uncredited)
Sigmund Krumgold (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Victor Milner 
 
Film Editing by
Merrill G. White 
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry D. Mills .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lucien Ballard .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
The song "Beyond the Blue Horizon," introduced here, became Jeanette MacDonald's theme song for the rest of her life. During World War Ii she changed the line, "Beyond the blue horizon lies the rising sun" to " ... lies the shining sun" because the Rising Sun was the symbol of America's enemy, Japan.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: 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 »
Quotes:
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
I agree with mgmax, this is a rare Lubitsch dud..., 19 August 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

In the 1930s and 40s, the German comedian/director Ernst Lubitsch came to Hollywood and made a succession of wonderful movies--movies that had such artistry that they were said to have 'the Lubitsch touch'. However, despite marvelous films like "The Smiling Lieutenant", "Trouble in Paradise" and "Ninotchka", he did make an occasional dud--as "Monte Carlo" is a very tough film to enjoy. There are many reasons the film fails--though Lubitsch's direction and style is still a plus in this movie--it is lovely to look at and is a pretty movie. But, there are so many problems that mar anyone enjoying it--especially here in the 21st century. The biggest problem is perhaps the singing. While Jeanette MacDonald was a huge star in her day, her songs in this film are just dreadful and there is just too much singing--and not the cute or pleasant singing but warbling that hurts your ears. The other problems are the male leads. Claud Allister is cast as Jeanette's fiancé--but he appears to be a homosexual and the idea of their marriage seems ridiculous. So of course Jeanette breaks the engagement--but the idea of there even being an engagement in the first place makes no sense. As for the main male lead, Jack Buchanan, he simply is a dull looking man who seems like he isn't up to the task of playing a romantic male lead. Mgmax's review compared his looks to Paul Muni (not exactly romantic leading man material) and I would say that this is true--but Buchanan is even less suited for this sort of role. And finally, the whole plot about a penniless lady living above her means and trying to find a way out of her financial difficulties is hard to enjoy--and Jeanette just seems, at times, shallow--particularly when this was made during the Depression. Trials and tribulations of a pampered countess who wants to find a rich husband is a plot who probably found little resonance with the audiences of the day! Overall, while the film has moments, the overall package isn't particularly enjoyable and seems easy to skip. You just wouldn't expect that from one of Lubitsch's American films...but it's true.

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