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Lily Pons ...
Suzette, aka Oogahunga, the Bird-Girl
Jack Oakie ...
Corny Davis
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Jimmy James
Eric Blore ...
Cedric Cosmo, aka Captain Braceridge Hemingway
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Lucius B. Blynn
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Andreas Mazzini
Luis Alberni ...
Luis Marlo
Vinton Hayworth ...
Carter Haig (as Jack Arnold)
Leonard Carey ...
Jervons, Blynn's Butler
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24 December 1937 (USA)  »

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De zangvogel van Broadway en Parijs  »

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The film lost considerable money at the box office. Lily Pons never made another non-concert film. See more »

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A Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo is seen in the African jungle when Oogahunga is found. Later on, Mazzini refers to Oogahunga as an "Egyptian Cockatoo". Cockatoos are native to Australia and some islands to its north, and are not found in Africa. A cockatoo is also seen later in Blynn's house as a pet, but this is not unusual, as cockatoos have been imported to the USA and kept as pets for many years. See more »

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Je suis Titania
(1866)
from opera "Mignon"
Music by Ambroise Thomas (as A. Thomas)
Libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Sung by Lily Pons on the radio
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Pons coloratura radiates in routine musical romp

RKO tried to turn opera star Lily Pons into a movie star, but she lacked the charm and beauty of a Grace Moore or a Jeanette MacDonald (a resemblance to Imogene Coca did not help). She made three films for them, all of them with silly plots and more or less a showcase for her soprano coloratura fireworks display. That quality is at its best here - especially in the Mad Scene from Lucia di Lammoormoor (sp?), where she is simply spectacular. She is supported by a trio of marvelous comics (Edward Everett Horton, Jack Oakie, Eric Blore) who seem to be making a separate film all on their own. Hollywood was so impressed by RKO's ability to record those cascading high notes of Pons it gave the film an Oscar nom for Sound. Fun, frothy and certainly a must for opera fans.


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