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Release Date:
5 November 1937 (USA) See more »
Jeanette MacDonald Is The Luminous Singing Spy!
Nina Maria Azara is the beautiful and alluring singing spy for Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Her mission is to seduce French Officers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeanette MacDonald ... Nina Maria

Allan Jones ... Don Diego
Warren William ... Major de Rouchemont

Billy Gilbert ... Innkeeper

Douglass Dumbrille ... Marquis de Melito (as Douglas Dumbrille)

Henry Daniell ... General Savary
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 ... Wellington
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adams ... Jail Guard (uncredited)
Monya Andre ... Civilian Wife (uncredited)
Sam Appel ... Fruit Vendor (uncredited)
Hooper Atchley ... French Soldier Requesting Flowers (uncredited)
Zita Baca ... (uncredited)
Ray Bennett ... Soldier in Café (uncredited)
Maurice Black ... Pigeon Vendor (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Captain (uncredited)
Agostino Borgato ... Peasant (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Secretary (uncredited)
Ralph Byrd ... French Lieutenant (uncredited)
Frank Campeau ... Beggar (uncredited)
James B. Carson ... Smiling Waiter (uncredited)
Maurice Cass ... Strawberry Vendor (uncredited)
Lane Chandler ... Captain of Guards (uncredited)
Mabel Colcord ... Vendor (uncredited)
Pedro de Cordoba ... Spanish General (uncredited)
William Crowell ... French Officer (uncredited)
Alan Curtis ... French Soldier (uncredited)
Guy D'Ennery ... Spanish General (uncredited)
Drew Demorest ... French Officer (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... French Officer (uncredited)
Roger Drake ... French Soldier (uncredited)
Peter Du Rey ... Officer (uncredited)
Fernando García ... Napoleonic Officer (uncredited)
Boyd Gilbert ... Aide (uncredited)
Soledad Gonzales ... (uncredited)
Karl Hackett ... Spaniard (uncredited)
Lew Harvey ... Officer (uncredited)
Ben Hewlett ... Major (uncredited)
Ramsay Hill ... French Officer (uncredited)
Riley Hill ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst ... English General (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... French Chief of Staff (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... English General (uncredited)
Robert Z. Leonard ... Café Patron (uncredited)
Jacques Lory ... French Soldier (uncredited)
Fred MacKaye ... French Soldier (uncredited)
John Merton ... French Officer Announcing Abdication (uncredited)
Joseph North ... English General (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... French Soldier Admirer (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... Flower Woman (uncredited)
Anthony Pawley ... French Officer (uncredited)
Jean Perry ... French Major (uncredited)
Eddie Phillips ... Captain (uncredited)
John Picorri ... Café Proprietor (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Stablehand (uncredited)
Stanley Price ... Joseph Bonaparte (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Pablo (uncredited)
Albertina Rasch ... Café Patron (uncredited)
Donald Reed ... French Officer (uncredited)
Jason Robards Sr. ... Civilian Spanish Patriot (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... Hat Vendor (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... French Soldier (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... English General (uncredited)
Robert Spindola ... Juan (uncredited)
Paul Sutton ... Spanish Civilian Arousing the People (uncredited)
David Tihmar ... Madrid Café Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Townsend ... French Soldier (uncredited)
Zeni Vatori ... Café Waiter (uncredited)
Theodore von Eltz ... Captain Pierlot (uncredited)
Milton Watson ... French Officer (uncredited)
Robert Wilber ... Dying Soldier (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Izquierdo (uncredited)
Harry Worth ... Secret Service Adjutant (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... French Soldier (uncredited)
Manuel Álvarez Maciste ... Pedro (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Z. Leonard 
Writing credits
Frances Goodrich (screen play) and
Albert Hackett (screen play)

Otto A. Harbach (based upon the play by)

Ogden Nash (adaptation)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
Robert Z. Leonard .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Robert Kern (film editor) (as Robert J. Kern)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph M. Newman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Paul Groesse .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Elmer Sheeley .... montage assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Camera and Electrical Department
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Slavko Vorkapich .... montage effects
Music Department
Chet Forrest .... special lyrics by
Rudolf Friml .... music by
Otto A. Harbach .... based upon the lyrics of
Gus Kahn .... additional lyrics by
Herbert Stothart .... musical director
Bob Wright .... special lyrics by
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
M.J. McLaughlin .... music recordist (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... music arranger (uncredited)
Enrico Ricardi .... chorus coach (uncredited)
Edward Ward .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Albertina Rasch .... dances
George Richelavie .... technical advisor
Alice Duer Miller .... treatment (uncredited)
Claudine West .... treatment (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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131 min
Black and White (Sepiatone)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #3506)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 Hard to Get (1938)See more »
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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Luminous Jeanette MacDonald, 30 March 2005
Author: drednm from United States

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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