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13 December 1934 (USA) See more »
Song hits to keep you singing gaily for a year! (original poster) See more »
Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy angle when a naive young couple comes along. | Add synopsis »
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Gloria Swanson ... Frieda Hotzfelt

John Boles ... Bruno Mahler
Douglass Montgomery ... Karl Roder
June Lang ... Sieglinde Lessing
Al Shean ... Dr. Walter Lessing

Reginald Owen ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Austin ... Peasant (uncredited)
Peanuts Banks ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lynn Bari ... Dancer (uncredited)
Kathryn Barnes ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Blake ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bill Brande ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marie Burton ... Dancer (uncredited)
Bud Carpenter ... Dancer (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)
Bob Crosby ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jimmie Cushman ... Dancer (uncredited)
Patsy Daly ... Dancer (uncredited)
Carlos De Valdez ... Munich Policeman (uncredited)
Dixie Dean ... Dancer (uncredited)
Ted Doner ... Dancer (uncredited)
Adolph Dorr ... Bearded Peasant (uncredited)
George Ernest ... Boy (uncredited)
Emily Fitzpatrick ... Dancer (uncredited)
Margaret Fitzpatrick ... Dancer (uncredited)
Otto Fries ... Butcher (uncredited)
Betty Jane Graham ... Marguerita (uncredited)
Donald Haines ... Boy at Munich Zoo (uncredited)
Henry Hanna ... Boy (uncredited)
Otis Harlan ... Baker (uncredited)
Grace Hayle ... Innkeeper's Wife (uncredited)
Betty Heistand ... Sieglinde (singing voice) (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Fire Captain (uncredited)
Anne Howard ... Elsa (uncredited)
Jack Irwin ... Dancer (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Radio Engineer (uncredited)
Lee Kohlmar ... Priest (uncredited)
Perry Mansfield ... Dancer (uncredited)
Allen Mathews ... Dancer (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Pharmacist (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
James Notaro ... Dancer (uncredited)
Billy O'Brien ... Boy (uncredited)

Dave O'Brien ... Karl Roder (singing voice) (uncredited)
Joyce Oliver ... Girl (uncredited)
Jean Olmes ... Typist (uncredited)
Mollie Peck ... Dancer (uncredited)
Claire Rochelle ... Dancer (uncredited)
Wilma Roelof ... Dancer (uncredited)
Beverly Royde ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jean Seal ... Dancer (uncredited)
Katharine Snell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Rose Terrell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Loie Tilton Gaither ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frederick Vogeding ... Munich Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe May 
Writing credits
Jerome Kern (play) &
Oscar Hammerstein II (play)

Howard Irving Young (adaptation and screenplay) (as Howard Young) and
Billy Wilder (adaptation and screenplay)

William M. Conselman  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Joe Cunningham  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Robert Liebmann  uncredited
Joe May  contributor to treatment and dialogue (uncredited)
Erich Pommer  contributor to treatment and dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer 
Art Direction by
William S. Darling 
Costume Design by
René Hubert 
Sound Department
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Anderson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Otto Dyar .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bobbie Mack .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Louis De Francesco .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... music adaptor (uncredited)
Other crew
Jack Donohue .... choreographer

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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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The Broadway musical "Music in the Air" opened at the Alvin Theatre (New York City) on November 8, 1932 and ran for 342 performances.See more »
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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Babes Vs. Diva's in more innocent era, 18 December 2001
Author: tashman from Los Angeles

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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