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Love Me Tonight (1932)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  14 October 1932 (Germany)
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A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess.



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Complete credited cast:
Princess Jeanette (as Jeanette Mac Donald)
Viscount Gilbert de Varèze (as Charlie Ruggles)
Charles Butterworth ...
Count de Savignac
Countess Valentine
Duke d'Artelines
Elizabeth Patterson ...
First Aunt
Second Aunt
Blanche Friderici ...
Third Aunt (as Blanche Frederici)
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Dr. Armand de Fontinac (as Joseph Cawthorne)
Robert Greig ...
Major Domo Flammand
Bert Roach ...


Maurice Courtelin, a Parisian tailor (Maurice Chevalier), is owed a great sum of money by a viscount (Charles Ruggles). Stalling for time, the titled but penniless nobleman moves Maurice into the family chateau and passes him off as a baron. The beguiling Maurice soon charms the entire aristocratic household, except for the haughty Princess Jeanette (Jeanette MacDonald), who remains suspicious of him. But suspicion eventually gives way to love. Written by Dan Navarro <>

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Warm Love! Hilarious fun! Sweet music! Hot lyrics! See more »


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Release Date:

14 October 1932 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Ama-me Esta Noite  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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MPAA/PCA files at the AMPAS Library reveal that while most of the songs in the film were approved prior to release, the Hays Office objected to the suggestive nature of the song, "A Woman Needs Something Like That," although it was left in the film. Jesse Lasky, Jr. responded in a letter to the MPPDA's concern about the line "Must we sleep tonight all alone?" in the song "Love Me Tonight," by noting that the line had been changed to "Let's drink deep tonight all alone." Concern that French Royalists might take offense to the film prompted the Hays Office to give a copy of the script to the Los Angeles French consul, Henri Didot. Based on Didot's comments, it was determined that only the scene in which the princess strikes a servant should be deleted. In addition, Didot maintained that as long as the duke and princess were not implied to have royal blood, the film should not give offense. The film was rejected in Czechoslovakia, approved without eliminations in Quebec, New York and Kansas, and approved with eliminations in Australia, Britain, Chicago, Ontario, British Columbia, Ohio, Alberta, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. See more »


Just before the "Isn't It Romantic?" number begins in the tailor shop, Maurice reacts with pleasure as his customer Emile steps out of the dressing room, supposedly wearing his new suit. But in the mirror's reflection we can see that actor Roach is still wearing his long-johns from earlier in the scene. In the next shot, he is suddenly wearing the suit. See more »


Princess Jeanette: Do you ever think of anything but men?
Countess Valentine: Oh, yes! Schoolboys.
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A Woman Needs Something Like That
(1932) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Music by Richard Rodgers
Sung by Joseph Cawthorn and Jeanette MacDonald
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Isn't it romantic?
6 October 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt, this is a film that should be seen by more people as it was way ahead of its times! The film is helped by the magnificent direction of Rouben Mamoulian, who knew a thing, or two, about how to create movies that endured the passage of time. The film has the magnificent score by Rodgers and Hart, the leading geniuses of the American musical theater.

The picture is a joy to watch from the beginning. The opening sequence in Paris, as people go about their daily routine, ending with Maurice arriving at his own tailor shop is amazing. The story is pure fantasy, but it serves the movie well. The time where this movie was made had a different feel and there was an innocent air surrounding the magic the new talking pictures that were coming out in the early 30s.

The casting proves to be also excellent. Maurice Chevalier, who was an idol in France, made it big in America. He had a personality that put a good feeling to any character he played. Jeannette McDonald, the leading lady was a favorite of the movie going public and it's easy to see why she was adored.

Also a young and fresh Mirna Loy, joins Charles Ruggles and Charles Butterworth in the supporting roles.

This film should be included in any collection of the discriminating movie fan.

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