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Much to Frank Morgan's annoyance, he was required to shave his mustache, which he hadn't done for 17 years.
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The original operetta opened in London on 24 October 1910.
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Robert Z. Leonard was the original director of the movie, but asked to be relieved of the assignment after the first day of shooting.
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The first of eight movies that Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy made together, as "America's Singing Sweethearts."
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The song, "Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life" was famously sung by Madeline Kahn, as the Bride of Frankenstein, in Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein (1974). Elsa Lanchester, who appears in this movie as the governor's wife, played the The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) in the same year this film was made.
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The two crucial missing characters are the Governor's effeminate son Etienne and the Gypsy girl with whom he has fallen in love. They form an alternate love match which was completely eliminated from the movie version.
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Several modern sources, including American Film Institute of Feature Films 1931-40, include Marjorie Main in an uncredited role as a casquette girl, based on erroneous information provided by a former film historian. Marjorie Main does not appear in this film in any way, and the actress in question, properly identified in IMDb, is Margaret Bloodgood.
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Although Victor Herbert's music was used for this movie, the plot is not the same as that of the original musical, as was often the custom back then for adaptation of stage musicals. Many of the lyrics (by Rida Johnson Young) are also changed.
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Although his name is never mentioned on screen, the pirate leader is called Bras Pique, and he is killed in the scene where the Captain's men attack the pirates. In the original operetta, his alter ego is the Lieutenant Governor's effeminate son, Etienne Grandet.
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Jeanette MacDonald very much wanted Allan Jones to star in this film as her leading man. Jones was unable to work on the film due to his role in The Marx Brothers's A Night at the Opera (1935). Jones's scheduling conflict set the stage for Nelson Eddy to act alongside MacDonald, in what would become the first of eight film pairings featuring the two stars.
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 12, 1944 with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy reprising their film roles.
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This film received its initial television broadcast in New York City Friday 19 April 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); it's first Los Angeles telecast took place Friday 7 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first telecast Sunday 2 March 1958 on KGO-TV (Channel 7).
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