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Under Your Spell (1936)

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A famous singer, bored with music and fans, goes to live in Mexico. His manager sends a woman to bring him back. They fall in love.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Tibbett ...
Anthony Allen
Wendy Barrie ...
Cynthia Drexel
Gregory Ratoff ...
Petroff
Arthur Treacher ...
Botts
Gregory Gaye ...
Count Raul Du Rienne
Berton Churchill ...
Judge
Jed Prouty ...
Mr. Twerp
Claudia Coleman ...
Mrs. Twerp
Charles Richman ...
Uncle Bob
...
Miss Stafford
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Troy Brown Sr. ...
Porter (as Troy Brown)
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Anthony Allen is a former cowboy who has become a famous concert singer and star. His manager, Ptroff, is so good that he has lined up more dates and concerts that Allen can possibly do, so Allen heads west to his old profession. This leaves Petroff with a problem or two, and also leaves Cynthia Drekel, a spoiled socialite, with one of her own; she has made a bet that if she can't get Allen to sing at a party she is throwing she will marry a worthless young nobleman, Count Raul Du Rienne, who has been pursuing her...and her money. Since they don't come any more worthless than Count Raul Du Rienne, Cythia saddles up and heads west to bring back Allen. Actually, she takes an airplane. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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singer | manager | concert | party | cowboy | See more »

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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6 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amigo  »

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Soundtracks

Largo al factotum
from "Il barbiere di Siviglia"
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Libretto by Cesare Sterbini
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Routine, but underrated. Worth seeing for Tibbett alone!
16 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Under Your Spell is not an exceptional movie by all means, the story is very routine, the film is too short and some of the dialogue doesn't convince. But it is worth seeing. The film does look good, with some nice camera shots particularly the lengthy one at the beginning of the film, and has two great scenes. The courtroom scene with its use of loud, overlapping dialogue is very amusing and possibly Under Your Spell's comic highlight. The other is Lawrence Tibbett singing Le veau d'or, which he performs superbly with an exciting presence and very controlled singing both in the upper and lower registers. I quite liked the costumes too, Tibbett's Mephistopheles costume makes him every bit the imposing demon he is meant to be. Preminger directs admirably, but while Wendy Barrie and Arthur Treacher give fine support, the music(consisting of three songs written for the film and old favourites Largo al factotum, which is very lively and entertaining in performance even if the bravissimo section is slightly rushed, and Le veau d'or) and Tibbett steal the film seamlessly. Overall, a good and underrated watch. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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