Racketeer Tony Gazotti is thankful that lawyer Jackson Durant helps him beat a murder rap, but Durant just does it for the thrill of it and refuses payment. Durant's defense of mobsters ... See full summary »
W.S. Van Dyke
When Parisienne tailor Maurice Courtelin learns that one of his aristocratic clients, the Viscount Gilbert de Varèze, is a deadbeat who never pays for the merchandise he acquires, he heads off to try and collect what is owed to him. He gets little in the way of cash from the Viscount who is desperate that his uncle, the Duke D'Artelines not learn of his debts. He suggests that Maurice spend a little time at the chateau until the money can be found. The Duke takes an immediate liking to Maurice - who's been introduced as a Baron - but that's not the case for the Princess Jeanette who, after an encounter with him him on the road earlier that day. Over time Jeannette falls in love with him Written by
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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