The Rogue Song (1930)

 |  Musical, Romance  |  10 May 1930 (USA)
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In czarist Russia, a princess falls for a dashing bandit leader, but their romance proves a stormy one.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawrence Tibbett ...
Catherine Dale Owen ...
Princess Vera
Nance O'Neil ...
Princess Alexandra
Judith Vosselli ...
Ullrich Haupt ...
Prince Serge
Elsa Alsen ...
Yegor's mother
Florence Lake ...
Lionel Belmore ...
Wallace MacDonald ...
Kate Price ...
Kewpie Morgan ...
Frolov (as H.A. Morgan)
Burr McIntosh ...
Count Peter
James Bradbury Jr. ...


Russia, 1910. Yegor, a dashing (as well as singing) bandit leader meets Princess Vera at a mountain inn. They end up falling in love, but the relationship is shattered when Yegor kills Vera's brother, Prince Serge, for raping his sister, Nadja, and driving her to suicide. Yegor kidnaps Vera, forcing her to live a life of lowly servitude among the bandits. Vera manages to outwit Yegor, who's captured by soldiers and flogged. Vera begs Yegor's forgiveness. Although still in love with each other, they realize they cannot be together, at least for the time being. Written by Eugene Kim <>

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Musical | Romance





Release Date:

10 May 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Banditenlied  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


(2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Although no print of this film is known to exist, the complete 90-minute soundtrack does. MGM transferred early sound discs to tape and approximately half of this material was released on LP in the early 1980s - on an obscure label. This included parts of the dialogue but was mainly the musical numbers. This is the only Laurel and Hardy "feature" film no longer available. Please check your attic. See more »


Murza-Bek: [Inside a dark cave, seeking shelter from a storm] Say, where did you get that fur coat?
Ali-Bek: What fur coat?
Murza-Bek: Haven't you got a fur coat on?
Ali-Bek: Why, I got no fur coat.
Murza-Bek: Well, if feels like a fur coat!
[Bear growls]
Ali-Bek: Oooooooo!
Murza-Bek: Oooooooo!
[Running out of the cave]
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Referenced in Historia del cine: Epoca muda (1983) See more »


When I'm Looking At You
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
Music by Herbert Stothart
Copyright 1929 by Robbins Music Corp
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Portions Of This Film Are On YouTube.
15 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is perhaps not a review, but a comment that portions of the movie have been posted on you-tube. If I remember correctly, the scenes/clips together added up to about 20 or so minutes. This means that about 1/5th of The Rogue Song is known to survive today. The clips were actually quite beautiful, although they involve mostly Laurence Tibbett and not Laurel and Hardy. One can also see the original trailer, a ballet sequence of about 5 minutes and a 3 minute clip of Laurel and Hardy rushing into a cave. Hopefully the entire film will turn up someday soon.The 10 rating is for the joy that I think any film lover will have while seeing these tantalizing scenes from an otherwise lost film.

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