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Music in the Air (1934)

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Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy angle when a naive young couple comes along.

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Cast

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Frieda Hotzfelt
John Boles ...
Bruno Mahler
Douglass Montgomery ...
June Lang ...
Sieglinde Lessing
Al Shean ...
Dr. Walter Lessing
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Ernst Weber
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Hans Uppman
Hobart Bosworth ...
Cornelius
Sara Haden ...
Martha
Marjorie Main ...
Anna
Roger Imhof ...
Burgomaster
Jed Prouty ...
Kirschner
Christian Rub ...
Zipfelhuber
Fuzzy Knight ...
Nick
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Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy angle when a naive young couple comes along.

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John Boles, singing and romancing at his best! (original poster) See more »


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13 December 1934 (USA)  »

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The show's best-known song, "The Song is You," was recorded and filmed but cut out of the final release version. As filmed, John Boles sang it to June Lang in a dressing room scene. An instrumental of the song can still be heard under the opening credits. See more »

Quotes

Frieda Hotzfelt: [Frieda and Bruno enter, bickering; Frieda is cradling a Pekinese dog] ... Yes it is! It's all your fault.
Bruno Mahler: What do you mean it's my fault? He started it. Pogo just bit me.
Frieda Hotzfelt: Well what if he did? You made faces at him.
Bruno Mahler: No, he made faces at me first
Frieda Hotzfelt: [petting the dog] Little precious. Did naughty Bruno frighten you? My little Pogo... my sweet darling.
Frieda Hotzfelt: [they see Karl holding an office assistant up by the ankles so she can reach the top of a cupboard] Did you see that?
Bruno Mahler: Probably raised on goats' milk!
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Featured in Out of My Dreams: Oscar Hammerstein II (2012) See more »

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I've Told Every Little Star
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Douglass Montgomery (dubbed by James O'Brien) and June Lang (dubbed by Betty Heistand)
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Babes Vs. Diva's in more innocent era
18 December 2001 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Here we find various famous talents converging at the height of their fame and appeal. Where has this film been all these years? This was a big Depression stage hit for the Master, Jerome Kern, and one of his equally accomplished partners, Oscar Hammerstein II, and transferred to the screen with much of the original delight intact. Definitely a slight tale from a much more innocent era, the story is literally a competition between a team of singing divas each latching onto an attractive, naive, and somewhat star-struck fan visiting from a small Tyrolean mountain village. If it weren't so well done, you might call it all "kitschy," but the result is so sincere that one gets swept up. There are marvelous moments, but surprisingly, not too many involving the famous star, Gloria Swanson, and her handsome sparring partner John Boles. Nothing wrong with their singing, which is, well, glorious! It's the "Diva" act. Although they just skirt going over-the-top on many occasions, there is an overall lack of punch, with too many blasts sailing over their targets. There's a lot of layered shouting, as if everyone were struggling to "work the screwball angle." The best moments are enjoyed during the lush and enchanting music, and in the scenes involving the village, particularly the school-room sequences with teacher and leading bucolic Douglass Montomerey, who turns in the best performance I've seen him give, with not a hint of that namby-pamby, self-pitying, "gloomy Gus" he specialized in. Here he is robust, cheerful, positive, and often found wearing the complete Tyrolean mountain-climbing uniform, which he definitely had the legs to wear. Indeed, he, along with his fellow villagers June Lang and Al Shean, make an energetic, thoroughly entertaining lot, much better at mining the script than their more sophisticated counterparts. The settings are impressive, the period detail attractive, and the costuming, particularly Miss Swanson's wardrobe (although Mr. Boles is decked out to the nines as well), is sensational throughout. Director Joe May pulled off an impressive feat, bringing together unlikely, if somewhat battered giants like Kern, Fox, and Swanson, and making them work so beautifully together. I believe if you enjoy Lubitsch, or European flavor musicals of that era, you'll certainly appreciate this picture.


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