A gypsy settlement in a small kingdom is on land believed to contain oil reserves. The kingdom's prime minister plots to overthrow the king--whose mistress is a beautiful gypsy girl--and seize power, and the oil fields, for himself.
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A gypsy settlement in a small kingdom is on land believed to contain oil reserves. The kingdom's prime minister plots to overthrow the king--whose mistress is a beautiful gypsy girl--and seize power, and the oil fields, for himself.

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Pleasant but unremarkable filming of Novello operetta

Ivor Novello was something of a 20th century Renaissance man - actor, playwright, librettist, composer, lyricist, producer, director. There seemed there was nothing he couldn't do. His career as a songwriter brought him international fame with his KEEP THE HOME FIRES BURNING, following WWI. His good looks made him a matinee idol in late silents and early talkies. He acted on the British stage and then in the mid-1930s embarked on creating extravaganza musical productions (combinations of operetta and musical comedy with colorful and elaborate sets and special effects). The first of these to become a hit was his 1935 GLAMOROUS NIGHT.

Here in its 1937 film incarnation, not much more than the libretto survives. Of its many musical numbers, only four made it into the film (WHEN THE GYPSY PLAYED, GLAMOROUS NIGHT, FOLD YOUR WINGS - all sung by the film's star, Mary Ellis, and ANTHEM - for the chorus).

The plot is typical Ruritanian operetta fodder. A king has a mistress- she is a gypsy. The gypsies occupy land under which it is believed valuable oil fields lay. The evil prime minister plots to overthrow the king and grab the oil for himself. Otto Kruger is charming as the besotted King Stefan and Victor Jory his usual unctuous self as the scheming Baron Lyadeff. Mary Ellis sings beautifully and has a natural acting style, resembling that of Jeannette MacDonald. Hers is a delightful screen presence.

Unfortunately the trimmed down running time (71 minutes compared to the show's original nearly three hours)and the use of black and white as opposed to the newly developed three-strip Technicolor work against the film's success. It's over very quickly and no part of it remains indelibly emblazoned into the memory bank.

For fans of operetta and Novello only.


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