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Release Date:
25 May 1930 (USA) See more »
Modern Joan Of Arc- a Song for a sword--a voice that sets a great nation afire- a heart that is seared by her flaming song when it dooms the man she loves. Thousands of people in the cast! Gigantic riot scenes! Gay parties of pampered princesses. All the mighty drama that made it Broadway's greatest success made doubly thrilling by the greatest of all singing casts. (print ad, Monitor-Index and Democrat, ((moberly, Mo)) 14 June 1930)
This was a screen version of the 1925 operetta by Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Herbert Stohart... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Directed by
Alan Crosland 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Oscar Hammerstein II  book
Otto A. Harbach  book
Gordon Rigby  adaptation

Original Music by
David Mendoza (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes 
Film Editing by
Alexander Hall 
Set Decoration by
Anton Grot 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ben Silvey .... assistant director
Sound Department
George Groves .... sound recording engineer (as George R. Groves)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wesley Anderson .... associate camera operator
Milton Bridenbecker .... associate camera operator
H. Lyman Broening .... associate camera operator
Lee Davis .... associate camera operator
John Ellis .... still photographer
Chuck Geisler .... associate camera operator
Frank B. Good .... camera supervisor: Technicolor
Bob Miller .... associate camera operator
Lester White .... associate camera operator
George Whittemore .... gaffer
John Alton .... cinematographer: Paris footage (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor (as Leo Forbstein)
Ernest Grooney .... chorus director
Norman Spencer .... chorus director
Other crew
Jack Haskell .... dance director

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96 min
Color (2-strip Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Vitaphone (Western Electric Sound System)
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Believed lost. Please check your attic.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Booze Hangs High (1930)See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Extant sound reels reveal good music/good sound, 20 February 2003
Author: arneblaze from Putney, VT

The five extant sound discs from this film reveal a very high quality Vitaphone sound - round, warm and clear with good sound effects and a quality reproduction of speaking and singing voices as well as orchestrations. It would seem it fully deserved its Oscar nomination for Best Sound.

Performance-wise Alexander Gray comes off as charming as usual- he made a handful of early talkies and proved himself a charming and handsome man, very much at ease. Sadly both his work in NO NO NANETTE and the pictorial portion of SONG OF THE FLAME is lost.

Bernice Claire in the lead has a babyish voice and poor dramatic ability -she sings well, but does not seem at home in talkies. Noah Beery as the villain is word perfect and pronounces so carefully that he lacks any dramatic vocal flair - an unnatural speaking voice with over careful diction.

The score is a marvelously operatic one. All nine songs are preserved in the sound disc performances. There were four choruses as well, three of traditional Russian folk tunes and one drawn from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker.

A delight to the ear - this "lost" operetta of the early days of talkies and film musicals.

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