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Director:
Writers:
Samuel Hoffenstein (screen play) &
George Marion Jr. (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
14 October 1932 (Germany) See more »
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Tagline:
You Could Watch it for Hours and Still Want More!! (Print Ad) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Maurice Chevalier ... Maurice

Jeanette MacDonald ... Princess Jeanette (as Jeanette Mac Donald)

Charles Ruggles ... Viscount Gilbert de Varèze (as Charlie Ruggles)
Charles Butterworth ... Count de Savignac

Myrna Loy ... Countess Valentine

C. Aubrey Smith ... Duke d'Artelines
Elizabeth Patterson ... First Aunt

Ethel Griffies ... 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 ... Emile
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tyler Brooke ... Composer (uncredited)
Marion Byron ... Bakery Girl (uncredited)
Cecil Cunningham ... Laundress (uncredited)
Carrie Daumery ... Dowager (uncredited)
George Davis ... Pierre Dupont (uncredited)

Mary Doran ... Madame Dupont (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Bridge Player (uncredited)

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Grocer (uncredited)
Mel Kalish ... Chef (uncredited)
Tony Merlo ... Hatmaker (uncredited)
Herbert Mundin ... Groom (uncredited)
Edgar Norton ... Valet (uncredited)
Rita Owin ... Chambermaid (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
William H. Turner ... Bootmaker (uncredited)
Ethel Wales ... Madame Dutoit - Dressmaker (uncredited)
Gordon Westcott ... Credit Manager of the Association of Retail Merchants (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Shirtmaker (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Rouben Mamoulian 
 
Writing credits
Samuel Hoffenstein (screen play) &
George Marion Jr. (screen play) and
Waldemar Young (screen play)

Léopold Marchand (based on a play by) (as Leopold Marchand) and
Paul Armont (based on a play by)

Produced by
Rouben Mamoulian .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Victor Milner (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Rouben Mamoulian (uncredited)
William Shea (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Fred A. Datig (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
A.E. Freudeman (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Travis Banton (uncredited)
Edith Head (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
M.M. Paggi .... sound (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Audrey Scott .... riding double: Jeanette MacDonald (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Buddy Longworth .... still photographer (uncredited)
William C. Mellor .... camera operator (uncredited)
Guy Roe .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
William Shea .... negative cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lorenz Hart .... lyrics by
Richard Rodgers .... music by
Nat W. Finston .... musical director (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
104 min | 96 min (re-release) | USA:89 min (TCM print)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Princess Jeanette:Well, I was just about to go to bed.
Count de Savignac:Oh, wait, I'll join you!
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Best Hollywood Musical of the Early 1930s, 8 September 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

There are so many elements regarding LOVE ME TONIGHT that crossed to create one of the great musicals of American film. It probably was the best score for a Hollywood film done by Rodgers and Hart, including "Isn't It Romantic", "Mimi", and "Lover", as well as "The Sonofagun is Nothing But a Tailor" (only their scores for HALLELUJAH, I'M A BUM and THE PHANTOM PRESIDENT are as interesting, but the former only produced one standard, and the latter produced none). From their first arrival in motion pictures Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart experimented with singing that replaced dialog. Here it finally got it's opportunity to show what it could do. That's due to them having a master director (who would turn out to be more of a stage and musical director than a film one - though his films remain more than interesting), Rouben Mamoulian. Always willing to experiment in his film (in DR. JECKYLL AND MR. HYDE, having the camera take the point of view of Fredric March for part of the film; using color to show suggestions of the threat of military violence in BECKY SHARP) Mamoulian was willing to go along with his musical pair in the extended songs like "How are you?" and "Isn't It Romantic". The latter beginning in Chevalier's tailor shop eventually involves people passing the melody from the street to a musician in a taxicab to a marching brigade of troops to gypsies to Jeanette at her palace. The cast was perfect, with Chevalier and MacDonald joined by their former ONE HOUR WITH YOU co-star Charlie Ruggles, as well as Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth (who has some funny lines for a change), and C. Aubrey Smith. It is rare for everything in a musical to fit together so well.

Chevalier is a tailor who made the mistake of making a complete wardrobe for Ruggles a supposedly wealthy aristocrat. Ruggles owes him a lot (as well as all the other people who made parts of the clothing for Ruggles - at Chevalier's recommendation). So they send him after Ruggles, who has gone to his rich uncle's home in the country. This is C. Aubrey Smith, a reactionary old Duke. He is also the protector of Princess Jeanette, now a widow (don't feel bad for her, as Dr. Joseph Cawthorn finds out). Also staying with the Duke is Count Charles Butterworth, a scholarly aristocrat (and just as hesitant and bumbling in his delivery of dialog here as in other films, but here his comments are funny). Finally there is Smith's niece, Myrna Loy, who never saw a pair of men's pants that she did not care to open.

Chevalier's appearance is an embarrassment to Ruggles, who may be disinherited by Smith over his debts. So he keeps Chevalier from admitting that he is a tailor, and finally suggests that Chevalier is a king traveling incognito. As Chevalier and MacDonald slowly fall in love, the suspicion that he is a monarch makes him possibly a perfect match for the widowed Princess. Chevalier also enlivens the dull château with his songs (including an "Apache" number, as well as "Mimi" which everyone ends up singing - including C. Aubrey Smith!). But what would happen if the truth comes out? That is what leads to the conclusion of the film.

Many of the early surviving films of the 1930s are cut from what they originally were like. And the film that was cut is usually lost forever. In the case of LOVE ME TONIGHT, the loss is truly sad because of the quality of the film that survives. But at least we do have that surviving footage to marvel at and enjoy.

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