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
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This has eluded me for forty years. Yet all I ever heard about it were unqualified raves. Now I have finally found a copy and they are all right, folks - it is a masterpiece - way ahead of its time - one of the freshest, brightest, breeziest musicals ever made and technically state of the art for the forties, not 1932 when it was made. Brilliant, imaginative direction, superlative cinematography, elaborate art direction, full sound capturing the spectrum, a brilliant score by Rodgers and Hart boasting three standards (Isn't It Romantic?; Mimi; Lover)plus six others (Soul of Paree/How Are You?; The Examination; I'm An Apache; Love Me Tonight; Son of a Gun Is A Tailor). About the only quibble one could make is that the highly delightful opening, the rhythmic sounds of a city coming to life, is a direct steal from PORGY AND BESS which premiered a decade before the film. Go out of your way to see this one. Not a single Oscar nom but it deserved six of them: Direction; Cinematography; Art Direction; Score; Sound; Song.
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