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Melody in Spring (1934)

 -  Musical  -  8 April 1934 (USA)
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Charlie Ruggles plays a souvenir-buff in quest of a real Swiss cowbell.

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Cast overview:
Lanny Ross ...
John Craddock
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Warren Blodgett (as Charlie Ruggles)
Mary Boland ...
Mary Blodgett
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Jane Blodgett
George Meeker ...
Wesley Prebble
Herman Bing ...
Wirt
Norma Mitchell ...
Mrs. Shorter
Joan Gale ...
Suzan
June Gale ...
Suzette
Jane Gale ...
Suzanna
Wade Boteler ...
Anton
Helen Lynd ...
Blonde in Washington's Bed
Thomas E. Jackson ...
House Detective
William Irving ...
Mr. Shorter (as William J. Irving)
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It's love at first sight for singer John Craddock and Jane Blodgett who meet while John is seeking a radio job with the "Blodgett Dog Busqiit Hour," and John learns that the sponsor is Jane father, Warren Blodgett, an avid souvenir and antiques collector. John gets himself in bad with Blodgett when he accidentally ruins a deal in which Blodgett was attempting to acquire a bed post for his collection. To break up the romance, Blodgett and his wife take Jane to Switzerland, where Blodgett has his heart set on obtaining a jealously-guarded cowbell. John has followed the family. Ere long, following a mountain climbing expedition that gives the mountain people a chance to sing with John, the latter and Blodgett and, ultimately, Jane find themselves in a Swiss jail. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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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 »

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The Open Road
Lyrics by Harlan Thompson
Music by Lewis E. Gensler
Copyright 1934 by Famous Music Corporation
Sung by Lanny Ross
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forget the silly story - listen to the songs!!!!
12 November 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Although Paramount had Bing Crosby, Lanny Ross was signed as a backup. When Bing refused to do a cameo in "Alice in Wonderland" (very sensibly as it turned out - the film was a huge flop) the studio was furious and signed Lanny Ross, a radio singer. He got a big buildup and was cast in "College Rhythm", a college musical that also starred Lyda Roberti. Sadly, he only made a couple of films - Paramount obviously decided that Crosby was all they needed. His voice was different to Crosby's, being more of an operatic tenor. Certainly Ross was very wooden in this film (although it was his first feature) and didn't have much personality but the songs spoke for themselves.

Ray Noble's Orchestra with singer Al Bowley, had a huge hit with the film's opening song "Ending With a Kiss". Ross serenades Ann Sothern in the first scene in this very tedious film. Ann Sothern was a real find. She had appeared as a chorus girl in a couple of early musicals but this was the first as a leading lady. She gave the part a lot of personality and it was obvious she would go on to better things.

The real stars were Charlie Ruggles and Mary Boland as husband and wife sponsors of a radio programme - he has an "interesting" hobby - he collects bedknobs!!! Lanny Ross plays John who wants to sing on their show and so sings to them whenever he sees them. To make him even more irritating to them he also falls in love with Jane, their daughter (Ann Sothern). This plot premise must have been worn out even in 1934 and made the film seem longer than it was but Ross got to serenade Sothern with two beautiful songs - "Ending With a Kiss" and the beautiful "Melody in Spring", sung as they wander through the Swiss countryside.

The Gale Sisters also make an appearance as a snooty matron's very modern daughters.

Recommended for the songs.


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