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The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  16 February 1934 (USA)
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A romance between a struggling composer and an American singer.

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Daudet
Charles Butterworth ...
Charles
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Professor
Vivienne Segal ...
Odette
Frank Conroy ...
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Henry Armetta ...
Taxi Driver
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ...
Concierge
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Rudy
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Storyline

Victor Florescu is a talented, Brussels-based composer of serious music under the tutelage of respected Professor Bertier at the Music Conservatory. He is hoping to have his yet uncompleted operetta, "The Cat and the Fiddle", produced by famed impresario, Jules Daudet. Victor's focus in life changes when he meets Shirley Sheridan, a New Yorker just arrived in Brussels, she who moves into the pensione next to his own. He falls in love at first sight with her. She is also a composer - of the type of music more often heard in Tin Pan Alley - and is hoping to study with Professor Bertier. But it is Victor who helps her with her music. She also catches the attention of Daudet, who publishes her music although he is more interested in her as a woman. Regardless, she becomes rich and famous, and is required to move to Paris. In the short term, Victor, who moves to Paris with her, is more than willing to forgo his own musical aspirations to help her. But Victor is forced to choose between ... Written by Huggo

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From the Musical Success that ran Two Years on Broadway See more »


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Release Date:

16 February 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Gato e o Violino  »

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Budget:

$843,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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| (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the insistence of Jeanette MacDonald, the once substantial supporting role of soprano Vivienne Segal was reduced until it was almost non-existent. See more »

Quotes

Victor: Every morning you and I will ride Teresa through the park. The sun will shine, the birds will sing, the flowers will bloom...
Shirley: And I'll yell for the police!
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Referenced in Hollywood Party (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Ha! Cha Cha
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Played on piano by Ramon Novarro
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Bubbly, Over-Looked, Pre-Code Musical Gem
14 August 2001 | by (Forestville, Ca) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful, free-spirited musical gem from MGM. It has the feel of the risque Paramount musicals of the era. Jeanette MacDonald and Ramon Novarro are lovers who co-habitat (not an issue here!) and nurture each other in their respective musical careers. Jerome Kern's score is wonderful -- the kind of tunes that stay with you, "Try to Forget", "The Night Was Made For Love", "She Didn't Say Yes". Great dialogue and comic relief and a few emotional snarls give the film some complexity. The musical numbers are innovative and interestingly filmed -- they compliment the score. The atmosphere in Brussels is highlighted by a variety of characters in the arts community. The film has a musical fluidity. Other than the stilted staging of the 3-strip Technicolor ending, this film deserves more attention.


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