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Director:
Writers:
Samuel Hoffenstein (screen play) &
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Release Date:
14 October 1932 (Germany) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Warm Love! Hilarious fun! Sweet music! Hot lyrics!
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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Essential masterpiece finally on DVD! See more (45 total) »

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)
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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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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Among the deletions in the film's 1949 reissue was Myrna Loy's portion of the "Mimi" reprise. In the Production Code era, Miss Loy's negligee was deemed too revealing.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow on a curtain as it pulls out of a window, as Jeanette sleeps (a little after the "I fell flat on my flute" sequence).See more »
Quotes:
Vicomte Gilbert de Vareze:[after the Princess has fainted] Could you go for a doctor?
Countess Valentine:YES... bring him right in!
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Soundtrack:
Deer HuntSee more »

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27 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Essential masterpiece finally on DVD!, 11 January 2004
Author: Benoît A. Racine (benoit-3) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Yes, it's available from Kino. If not in general distribution, you can still order it from most Internet-based distributors. Its publication is coincidental with one of Rouben Mamoulian's other masterpieces of the sound era, 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' (the Fredric March version, 1931). Although the producers of this last two-for-one DVD (where it is coupled with Victor Fleming 1941 version with Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner) were able to restore most of the parts of 'Jekyll' which were cut away either by the studio (Paramount) or the censors, the same cannot be said of 'Love Me Tonight'.

Don't get me wrong: it still is a must-own masterpiece reproduced in a pristine print with sound as clear as a bell, but it is still missing songs and scenes that were cut because they were too long or because the censors repeatedly asked for their exclusion. I didn't have time to listen to the whole commentary by Miles Kreuger, who probably explains how these tasty bits were either destroyed or lost to posterity.

What remains, of course, is the version film lovers have always known from television and have recorded on their VCRs for years. What comes out in this print is that the photography by Victor Milner is very reminiscent of the celebrated Brassaï still photographs of Paris, the lighting is extremely rich and complex and the camera movements are unusual for the time (including a discreet use of the zoom lens for comic effects). Two set pieces ('Isn't Romantic?' and ''The son-of-a-gun is nothing but a tailor') are guaranteed to knock the wind out of you. One song, 'Mimi', has Maurice Chevalier singing to Jeanette MacDonald but directly to the camera and Jeanette looking back at him in the same way, which is spine-tingling. Another song (the pre-recorded 'Love Me Tonight') Is sung over a split-screen view of the lovers sleeping each in their own bed. The film even includes a full-regalia deer hunt and a race between a train and a horsewoman worthy of the 'Perils of Pauline'.

The script is based on a French boulevard comedy called 'The Tailor and the Princess' by Armont and Marchand but it has been amplified by a very witty and poetic script by American Samuel Hoffenstein (who also worked on 'Jekyll'), spoken and sung rhymed couplets by Lorenz Hart and, of course, songs and incidental music by Richard Rodgers.

In this gentle lampoon of French aristocracy and the democratic aspirations of the working classes, songs are not mere filler, they announce scenes, introduce characters and propel the action. They also give rise to very cinematic montages which keep the spectator in a perpetual state of expectation. In this respect, Mamoulian was probably paying respect to what René Clair had accomplished in his French musical 'Le Million' a short time before (1931). Its sexual content, however, was clearly inspired (or dictated) by the preceding film Ernst Lubitsch had directed starring the box-office smash duo of Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier ('Love Parade', 1929, followed in 1935 by 'The Merry Widow'). 'Love Me Tonight' in turn inspired the French style of film comedy for decades to come, where the introduction of working class elements in an aristocratic setting became a kind of stock situation (see 'The Rules of the Game', Jean Renoir, 1939).

As Miles Kreuger explains, this is probably the last screen musical where most of the sung numbers were recorded live on the soundstage, with a live orchestra in attendance off-screen (as evidenced in the production photographs), because the complexity of film-making from this point on required the songs to be pre-recorded. This gives the film a unique, spontaneous quality even in the most choreographed numbers.

The inclusion of the three spinster sisters is a particularly fine touch, reminiscent of the famous 'Mesdames' of Louis XVth's court (his three moralizing unmarried daughters), but they also serve as Greek chorus and a benevolent version of the Three Witches or Three Fairies of folk literature.

Luckily, the DVD also includes a complete reprinting of the script pages of the scenes that were lost to censorship or cut by the studio, as well as censorship notes and they make for fine reading.

All in all, this is one of the most important films in cinema's history, a timeless comedy whose enjoyment will never be marred and a fine DVD package.

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