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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 »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order)

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 
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
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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Although some modern sources claim this film was photographed in Vitascope, the 65mm process used by Warner Bros. for 'Kismet (1930)' and 'The Lash (1930)', this is unlikely. Variety (14 May 1930) reports that wide screen projection was used for the festival sequence, but this is more likely another example of the frequently used Magnascope process, which simply enlarged standard 35mm film to larger proportions on a larger screen. This film was released almost six months before the other Vitascope productions, and there is no evidence that the process was ever used earlier and/or for less than a complete feature.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Life of the Party (1930)See more »
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Lost film but soundtrack exists in fragments, 31 July 2002
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This film is considered to be lost - it was nominated for an Oscar for sound - but there is only an unconfirmed rumor that it exists on laserdisc at UCLA. Five sound reels do exist - #1,4,6,7,9. These have been transferred from the original vitaphone discs that accompanied the film.

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