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The Bohemian Girl (1936)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  14 February 1936 (USA)
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A band of Gypsies are camped outside the walls of Count Arnheim's palace. Oliver's wife kidnaps the Count's daughter Arline, then leaves the child and runs off with her lover, Devilshoof. ... See full summary »

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Devilshoof
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Julie Bishop ...
Arline as an Adult (as Jacqueline Wells)
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William P. Carleton ...
Count Arnheim
James Finlayson ...
Captain Finn
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Gypsy Queen
Mitchell Lewis ...
Salinas
Felix Knight ...
Gypsy Singer
Yogi ...
'Yogi' - the Myna Talking Bird
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A band of Gypsies are camped outside the walls of Count Arnheim's palace. Oliver's wife kidnaps the Count's daughter Arline, then leaves the child and runs off with her lover, Devilshoof. Not knowing her true identity, Oliver, with the help of "Uncle" Stanley, raises the girl as his own. Years later, Arline, still unaware of her noble birth, is caught trespassing on the Count's grounds and is thrown into the dungeon. Meanwhile, Stanley and Oliver pass the time playing "fingers" and bumblingly ply their trade picking pockets. Finally, just when Oliver needs his help to rescue Arline, Stanley gets drunk while siphoning wine into bottles. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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1000 mad, merry musical moments. (Film Classics 1946 reissue posters). See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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14 February 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La bohémienne  »

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A critic of the time wrote of this film, "[Composer] Michael Balfe wouldn't like what Laurel and Hardy have done to his play. Then again, being Irish, perhaps he would." See more »

Quotes

Oliver: Arline, haven't you forgotten something?
[he kisses his finger and touches his cheek - Arline kisses him]
Oliver: [later] Stanley, haven't you forgotten something?
[Stan smiles, kisses Ollie's cheek]
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Version of The Bohemian Girl (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

The Heart Bowed Down
(1844) (uncredited)
from opera "The Bohemian Girl"
Music by Michael William Balfe
Libretto by Alfred Bunn
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A Gypsy Adventure With Mr. Laurel & Mr. Hardy
7 September 2002 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

Two gentle eccentrics raise THE BOHEMIAN GIRL kidnapped by gypsies, unaware of her noble birth.

In evaluating this film it is important to understand that it is very different from the result first planned by Hal Roach. The mysterious and scandalous death (murder? suicide? accident?) of the leading lady late in 1935 caused extensive reshooting & reediting by the nervous Studio. Although Thelma Todd is still given third place billing, her participation has been slashed down to virtual insignificance. What a waste. This was the lovely & talented Miss Todd's final film, she was a credit to her

profession and she deserved better treatment. This probably also accounts for the abrupt cuts & scene transitions which plague the production.

As a result, Felix Knight's obvious role as romantic lead was also truncated and he is left with but one short appearance, singing a melodic ballad. This is also a shame, as he was a fine young actor and he never received another good chance to become a successful movie star.

The main attractions, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, never falter. They are hilarious even when sitting and doing nothing. Playing puckish pickpockets, they get to involve themselves in a fair amount of physical activity, which gives the viewer another opportunity to marvel at Stan's inventiveness and Ollie's remarkable grace & dexterity. Stan's latest finger trick and his attempt to siphon a barrel of wine into bottles, along with Ollie divesting a foppish nobleman of every last valuable accouterment, stand out, but only as gems among treasures.

Two of the great character actors from the Boys' films of the past appear with them again. Formidable Mae Busch, making her final appearance with Stan & Ollie, plays Hardy's spectacularly unfaithful wife and suspicious little James Finalyson comes in at the end as an officious captain of the guard.

OUR GANG cutie Darla Hood is darling indeed as the purloined infant. She grows up to become pretty Jacqueline Wells (an obvious replacement for Miss Todd). Former matinée idol Antonio Moreno plays Miss Busch's paramour, while elderly English actress Zeffie Tilbury brings life to the small part of the Gypsy Queen.

Irish prodigy Michael William Balfe (1808-1870) composed the 1843 operetta upon which the film is based. Many of the words of the songs, especially when performed by the Gypsy Chorus, are unintelligible. However, it is good to hear the wonderful old solo ballads "When Other Lips" & "I Dreamt That I Dwelt In Marble Halls" beautifully sung.


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