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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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The son of a gun ain't nothing but a Count 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:
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 »
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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The son of a gun ain't nothing but a Count, 1 March 2008
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

This was Jeanette Macdonald's 4th film in all and 2nd for director Ernst Lubitsch – both getting into their sound-stride and both with many classics still ahead of them, after all – their lives had only begun. Print quality on the DVD is marvellous for a 1930 film, making me wonder why it was never shown on UK TV in the days when they used to cater for people like me.

In the gambling dens of Monte Carlo Countess Jeanette pretends to be rich when she's poor and the guy who fancies her, Count Jack, pretends to be poor when he's rich so as to be her hairdresser. Later famous variations in Paramount films were with Chevalier as her (nothing but a) tailor unintentionally masquerading as a Baron in Love Me Tonight directed by Mamoulian and the fake Baron and Countess in the sublime Trouble In Paradise directed by Lubitsch. The story goes in a few unexpected directions but ultimately all's well that ends well – this was the Golden Age of course. Out of the seven songs only Beyond The Blue Horizon and Always In All Ways were truly memorable, but all were listenable to and pleasant. Zazu Pitts was as sadly underused as Jeanette's maid as was Barbara Leonard as Mitzi's in One Hour With You and Jack Buchanan managed to keep it a dark secret why he was such a big star; the film only lost a little momentum at the opera but overall everything worked well. The sets and costumes were relentlessly beautiful – in fact an extremely colourful black and white. Jeanette looked radiant with her gorgeous hair – Roll Over Madonna!

A lovely little film and a window on 1930 – it's not a classic but it was another building block for those to come from Paramount in the next few years.

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