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The Firefly (1937)

Passed  -  History | Musical | Romance  -  5 November 1937 (USA)
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Nina Maria Azara is the beautiful and alluring singing spy for Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Her mission is to seduce French Officers, in order for them to reveal Napolean's intentions ... See full summary »

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Nina Maria
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Don Diego
Warren William ...
Major de Rouchemont
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Innkeeper
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Marquis de Melito (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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Leonard Penn ...
Etienne
Tom Rutherford ...
King Ferdinard (as Tom Rutherfurd)
Belle Mitchell ...
Lola
George Zucco ...
Secret Service Chief
Corbet Morris ...
Duval (as Corbett Morris)
Matthew Boulton ...
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Nina Maria Azara is the beautiful and alluring singing spy for Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Her mission is to seduce French Officers, in order for them to reveal Napolean's intentions toward Spain. She is sent to Bayonne, France to gather military secrets. Prior to this, she meets, Don Diego while performing at a club. Unknown to her, Don Diego is actually Captain Andre, who is sent to Spain to spy on her. While in France, Nina discovers Diego's true identity, only after she has fallen in love with him. Nina Maria outwits her potential captors and returns to Spain, and goes into hiding. Napoleon's troops invade Spain, resulting in Nina's capture. In a strange twist of fate, Nina and Captain Andre are reunited, but, the 2 nations are now at war... Written by Kelly

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Jeanette MacDonald Is The Luminous Singing Spy!


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Trivia

The song "Donkey Serenade" was not in the original stage production. It was written for the film, but the music was adapted from the song "Chansonette", from the stage version of "The Firefly". See more »

Quotes

Don Diego: You have one bad habit.
Nina Maria Azara: Oh, yes? What?
Don Diego: You're always saying good-bye.
Nina Maria Azara: Very well then, I won't say good-bye. I'll just go!
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WHEN A MAID COMES KNOCKING AT YOUR HEART
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml (1912)
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach, Bob Wright & Chet Forrest
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
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Luminous Jeanette MacDonald
30 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

is exceptional in this OK Napoleonic War film. Anyone who ever thought MacDoanld was just a bland operatic singer needs to see this film. She plays a spy posing as a camp follower. MacDonald has a sexy dance number that is just a knockout. She is as sultry and sexy as any star of her era. MacDonald was a great singer who was also a great actress and comic. She is superb. Starring here with Allan Jones and Warren William, the film is a tad long, but still eminently watchable. Jones and MacDonald introduced the big hit "Donkey Serenade" in this film. Good support from Billy Gilbert, Henry Daniell, Douglas Dumbrille, and George Zucco. Not as snappy as some of her films with Nelson Eddy, but this is Jones' best film aside from the 1936 Show Boat with Irene Dunne. Give this one a watch and marvel at Jeanette MacDonald!


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