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One Hour with You (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 25 March 1932 (USA)
An unhappily married couple try to come between a happy one.

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Colette Bertier
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Mitzi Olivier
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Mitzi Olivier
Pierre Etchepare ...
Adolphe
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Ernest Ferny ...
Le professeur Olivier
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Professor Olivier
André Cheron ...
Le commissaire de police
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Mademoiselle Martel
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Henri Dornier - Private Detective
Barbara Leonard ...
Mitzi's Maid
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Police Commissioner
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Storyline

Andre and Colette Bertier are happily married. When Colette introduces her husband to her flirtatious best friend, Mitzi, he does his best to resist her advances. But she is persistent, and very cute, and he succumbs. Mitzi's husband wants to divorce her, and has been having her tailed. Andre gets caught, and must confess to his wife. But Colette has had problems resisting the attentions of another man herself, and they forgive each other. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Une heure près de toi  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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. The restored version of this film was first released on DVD 12 February 2008 as one of 4 features in Criterion's Lubitsch Musicals collection, and has since enjoyed occasional presentations on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Quotes

Henri Dornier - Private Detective: [to Professor Olivier] Professor, speaking detectively, you're as good as divorced right now.
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Oh That Mitzi
Music by Oscar Straus
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Maurice Chevalier
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Mitzi Wants House Calls
29 July 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the second of their four films together and the only one in which they start out as man and wife, Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald play a happily married couple who face a comic crisis in their marriage when Jeanette announces she's going to be visited by an old friend in Genevieve Tobin in One Hour With You.

What she doesn't know is that Tobin and Maurice have had a flirtatious rendezvous in one of those legendary speedy Paris taxi cabs. Tobin as Mitzi is one saucy wench whose marriage to Roland Young is coming to an end. The only question remaining is who will be caught in a compromising position first for the sake of the alimony.

The whole thing is directed with typical continental charm by Ernest Lubitsch replete with various things in the film identified as the Lubitsch touch. My favorite of those is when Genevieve gets Dr. Chevalier to make a house call, you see a shot of her feet kicking off her shoes and then wiggling in anticipation.

Oscar Straus and Leo Robin wrote most of the music, but the title song was written Richard Whiting with lyrics by Leo Robin. It's introduced during a nightclub scene by radio singer Donald Novis who occasionally did film and stage roles and then sung by nearly all the principals in the cast. Jeanette made a good selling RCA Victor recording of it.

Maurice Chevalier got to sing Oh That Mitzi which both advances the plot of the film as he tells of his dilemma between his wife Colette{MacDonald), but Oh That Mitzi and is a number perfectly suiting his style. It was part of his nightclub act forever after.

Genevieve Tobin is great as the saucy Mitzi and filmgoers probably know her best as the dowager Mrs. Chisholm who was held captive by Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest. Tobin had to be one talented lady, that's quite a difference in parts between One Hour With You and The Petrified Forest.

One cannot ignore Charlie Ruggles a rather timid suitor who is so hoping to get Jeanette on the rebound from Maurice. He's got some very funny scenes with her.

One Hour With You is one of those sophisticated comedies depicting a world gone by. I'm not even sure in Europe if they still dress in tuxedo for dinner.


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