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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"
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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)
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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:
Continuity: Jeanette MacDonald is referred to as a blonde early on in the dialogue. She was actually a redhead, and no attempt was made to lighten her hair to make her look blonde. Her hair photographed the dark grey red hair usually reproduced as on the black-and-white film used in 1930.See more »
Quotes:
Countess Helene Mara:After all there's a little difference between us.
Count Rudolph Falliere a.k.a. Rudy the hairdresser:The only difference between us is that you are a woman and I am a man. That's all.
Countess Helene Mara:No, I'm afraid not. I happen to be a countess.
Count Rudolph Falliere a.k.a. Rudy the hairdresser:Yes, I'm a... I am a hairdresser. Alright I am a hairdresser.
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10 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Rare Lubitsch dud, 18 September 2004
Author: mgmax from Chicago

Certainly when you look at this film as a 1930 musical, the way that songs are integrated into the plot is a marvel, and it has a fluidity that belies the year it was made. That said, this is rather a chore to sit through, compared to the likes of The Smiling Lieutenant and One Hour With You, and despite the appeal of MacDonald in her early, earthy days, before she became partner to the eunuch Nelson Eddy.

There are three main culprits: first, a plot which just doesn't compare to the comedy-dramas of sexual tension and yearning that Lubitsch's best films offer. The others are fantasies, but this is flat out unbelievable, with too many mistaken identities, arbitrary shifts in attitude by the leading lady, and a lack of tension (since all of MacDonald's romantic choices are stinking rich). It's just impossible to care about. The second is leading man Jack Buchanan. It's not just that you can imagine Maurice Chevalier getting something innocently naughty out of the lines which might actually be charming, but as lightweight as he is, Buchanan seems too smart to believe what a doof-slash-stalker he's playing. Imagine Fred Astaire being replaced in Top Hat by Herbert Marshall, or maybe Paul Muni. And finally... at best the songs are unmemorable ditties cleverly staged. One, however, "Trimmin' the Women," could make the short list of worst movie numbers of the golden age of Hollywood. In short, be glad that Paramount compelled MacDonald and Chevalier (who she apparently disliked) to get back together in time for Love Me Tonight.

NOTE: Since viewing the film I have learned that the reels are misnumbered on nearly all surviving prints-- a fact which explains the otherwise baffling scene in the movie where Buchanan, who has already met MacDonald (IF you've seen it out of order), goes to work for her and she has no idea who he is. I'm not saying the movie would be radically better if it was in the correct order, but it would undoubtedly make somewhat more sense.

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