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The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)

A romance between a struggling composer and an American singer.

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Daudet
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Professor
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Rudy
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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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Jeanette MacDonald's MGM Debut! See more »


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16 February 1934 (USA)  »

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O Gato e o Violino  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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This movie was rejected for re-release certification because the leading characters were in an illicit sexual relationship without any compensating moral values. 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 »

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Impressions in a Harlem Flat
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Played on piano by Jeanette MacDonald
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Ramon steals the show!
27 May 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

Witty film is powered along by the energy of Ramon Novarro. His exceptional work in this film reveals his enormous talent for comedy and drama. The scene where he pretends not to love Jeanette, so she will leave him for her career, is superbly under-stated and very moving.

Jeanette's not bad either but a bit too florid. Great supporting cast, especially an hilarious Charles Butterworth, and excellent direction make this a film not to miss. I hated most of the music though - hideous operetta.

And don't turn the colour down - the last scene bursts into rather lurid technicolour.


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