A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting ...
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A musical revue that basically has Paramount stars and contract-players doing things some had never done on screen, and wouldn't again; such as Ruth Chatteron , in a French-café setting singing "My Marine" (written by Richard A. Whiting and Raymond B. Eagan) to a group of U. S. Marines, including Stuart Eriwn, Stanley Smith and Frederic March; Buddy Rogers doing a song-duet with Lillian Roth called "Any Time's the Time to Fall in Love" (written by Elise Jans and Jack King), on a cuckoo-clock set; and Clara Bow singing and dancing in the "True To The Nany Now" number to a group of sailors. Written by
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"I'm True To The Navy Now" performed by Clara Bow, in a rare singing performance, was also the title of one of her 1930 "talkies". The song was later reprised by Carmen Miranda for the Fox film Doll Face (1945), though it was cut from the film as Paramount owned the rights and would not give permission for its performance. This (Navy) song is strikingly similar to the Irving Berlin song titled "You Can't Get A Man With A Gun", written, coincidentally in 1945, for the Broadway show "Annie Get Your Gun, the same year the earlier song was dropped from "Doll Face". It's also similar to "The Man's in the Navy," written by Frederick Hollander (music) and Frank Loesser (lyrics) and performed by Marlene Dietrich in the 1940 film "Seven Sinners." See more »
The re-release opening credits credit producer Jesse L. Lasky as "Jessie" L. Lasky. See more »
Several scenes are still missing from this 1930 film, but what's left is mostly good stuff, and all interesting from a historical point of view. Would you like to see Clive Brook as Sherlock Holmes? Here's a rare chance. Would you like to see Clara Bow sing? Here she is. Would you like to see rather too many songs by Maurice Chevalier? Take your pick of several here. Would you like to see names such as Lillian Roth, Helen Kane, Mitzi Green, and Zelma O'Neill, who are only half-remembered today? Now you can. Would you like to see early appearances by William Powell and Fredric March before they made it big in talkies? They're in this.
The musical numbers fall into the 'ok' camp; they are largely static and stagey, and rather old-fashioned, but no more so than any other early talkie revue film. A lot of the film drags (notably Helen Kane's Boop-de-doop school lesson, and the links by Jack Oakie et al) but as a piece of history, it is fine. It should be a candidate for restoration if the whole film survives in a vault somewhere; let's hope so.
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