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New Moon (1930)

Passed  -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  17 January 1931 (USA)
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New Moon is the name of the ship crossing the Caspian Sea. A young Lt. Petroff meets the Princess Tanya and they have a ship board romance. Upon arriving at the port of Krasnov, Petroff ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Tibbett ...
Lieutenant Michael Petroff
Grace Moore ...
Princess Tanya Strogoff
Governor Boris Brusiloff
Count Strogoff
Gus Shy ...
Emily Fitzroy ...
Countess Anastasia Strogoff
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frankie Genardi


New Moon is the name of the ship crossing the Caspian Sea. A young Lt. Petroff meets the Princess Tanya and they have a ship board romance. Upon arriving at the port of Krasnov, Petroff learns that Tanya is engaged to the old Governor Brusiloff. Petroff, disillusioned, crashes the ball to talk with Tanya. Found by Brusiloff, they invent a story about her lost bracelet. To reward him, and remove him, Brusiloff sends Petroff to the remote, and deadly, Fort Darvaz. Soon, the big battle against overwhelming odds will begin. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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Release Date:

17 January 1931 (USA)  »

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Parisian Belle  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Modern sources include in this film the songs "Marianne," Funny Little Sailor Man" and "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" (all from the original stage production), but they were not heard. See more »


The credits list "New Moon" as the title of the original operetta, but its title was "The New Moon". See more »


Version of Great Performances: The New Moon (1989) See more »


Lover Come Back to Me
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Played during the opening credits
Sung by Lawrence Tibbett at the tavern
Reprised by him and Grace Moore at the fort
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Oh, those mad Russians
12 January 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

MGM scrapped the ridiculous plot of the 1928 Romberg-Hammerstein stage operetta and replaced it with an even more ridiculous one, with Russian lieutenant Lawrence Tibbett romancing Princess Grace Moore despite her engagement to nobleman Adolphe Menjou. It's the sort of movie where characters say things like, "The one attractive woman on this ship and she would be a princess!" And Moore isn't especially attractive; she's dowdy, looks oddly at the camera, and is got up in some genuinely bizarre MGM fashions. Her character is shrewish, too, so when Menjou dispatches Tibbett to some remote outpost to battle some menacing, vaguely Turkish insurgents, you really feel he's better off without her. An eternally suave and amusing Roland Young defuses some of the operetta silliness; but it's hard not to get the giggles when Tibbett, trying to rouse the troops, barks endless song cues -- "All right, can I have 20 brave men with me? Fifteen? How about 10?" -- before launching into "Stout-Hearted Men." The climactic battle is clumsily shot and unconvincingly run in fast motion, like a Mack Sennett comedy, and it's never really in doubt whether Tibbett will return to Moore in one piece (singing full-voice, of course, whatever his wounds). The ludicrous conventions that killed operetta are omnipresent. But the score's good, and the two opera-trained stars do give enthusiastically of themselves when called on to sing. That's what counts.

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