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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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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
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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 »

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In one scene, women dance to a piece by Russian composer Korsakov. He was born in 1844, decades after Napoleon's era. 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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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jeanette MacDonald (1962) See more »

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OJOS ROJOS
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Argentine Folk Song
Arranged by Manuel Álvarez Maciste
Played by Manuel Álvarez Maciste
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Great singing and acting chemistry, MacDonald and Jones
6 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The reviews here that say the movie is too long (or "too long for a 1930s musical") must be written by people from fleet street. The movie is as long as it needs to be for a nicely complex storyline, nicely told with lots and lots of beautiful music to entertain, and Jeanette even gets a lot of dancing and wonderful non-dance choreography through crowds of men that she tantalizes with her charm.

The love scenes between MacDonald and Jones are funny, sweet, captivating, and the necessary betrayals are handled well and understandably from both sides.

I loved every minute of this film and would not have wanted it shortened. All the songs are hummable and lively/romantic. MacDonald's intelligence and sense of humor underlie everything she does, as when she says to Jones after his beautifully sung love song, "Well, perhaps I shouldn't tell you this, but you know that part where you sing, 'My heart's your throne dear, my heart's your throne dear, There you shall rule alone...' with the music building just before the high note?"

"Yes?"

"I was wondering... but, no, perhaps I shouldn't tell you."

"Tell me."

"Well, I was wondering ... if you were going to make it."

Or when Jones complains to her, "You're always saying goodbye," and she replies, "All right then, I won't say goodbye. I'll just ... go."

Her comic timing is lovely.

In fact, she has never been lovelier than in this movie, and the two of them together are just a lot of doggone fun and romance.


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