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I'll Take Romance (1937)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 17 November 1937 (USA)
An opera manager tries to woo a contract-breaking soprano into performing in Buenos Aires.

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Elsa Terry
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James Guthrie
Helen Westley ...
Madame Della aka Madella
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'Pancho' Brown
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Margot
Walter Kingsford ...
William Kane
Richard Carle ...
Rudi
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
Monsieur Ginard
Esther Muir ...
Panda
Frank Forest ...
Walter O. Stahl ...
Johan
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Juan
Lucio Villegas ...
Señor Montez
Gennaro Curci ...
Bondini
Marek Windheim ...
Henri
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Theater manager James Guthrie's career depends on famed soprano Elsa Terry singing in his Buenos Aires opera house, however, Elsa breaks the contract in favor of a more lucrative deal in Paris. Desperate, James begins showering her with flowers and candy in an attempt to woo her to the Argentinian opera house. When Elsa overhears James confess to his friend Pancho that he'd be willing to resort to kidnapping to get Elsa to Argentina, she mistakenly believes his motives to be solely romantic. Written by L. Hamre

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Romance in Swing-Time!

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Musical | Romance

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17 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Volta do Rouxinol  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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A Frangesa
Lyrics by Milton Drake
Music by Mario Costa
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This is a good romantic comedy
15 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you only know Grace Moore from *One Night of Love*, you should definitely check out this movie. It's much better.

First, Moore is much more at ease acting in front of the camera. In ONOL she often delivered her lines in a stilted way. Here, she is much more natural, and really seems to be having fun.

Second, and even though they do repeat it rather often, this movie does have a dynamite title song, which bears repeated listening.

Third, Moore is surrounded by a uniformly fine cast, starting with Melvyn Douglas and including Stu Erwin, Helen Westley, and Margaret Hamilton (yes, the Wicked Witch of the West, two years before TWOO), all in top form.

The weak point, frankly, is the three fully-staged operatic scenes. The first and the third, from Traviata Act I and the Love Duet from the end of the first act of Madama Butterfly, are well-performed. (The middle one, the Act III finale from Martha, is not as well done.) The problem is that they just sit there, and are not in any way integrated into the plot. If you think of a movie like Moonstruck, which does such a magnificent job of incorporating various scenes from La Boheme into its plot, you have some idea of what could have been done. Instead, the action just stops, and the audience is asked to sit back, watch, and listen, not even as if they were at the opera, because we are given no idea whatsoever of what is going on in those three scenes. If scenes had been chosen with situations similar to what was going on in the movie, and if the parallels had been indicated, the operatic scenes wouldn't have acted as dead weights in what is otherwise a nicely paced romantic comedy. (There is some effort to incorporate the scene from Manon into the action, but not much.)

Still, don't let those three scenes keep you away. Moore comes off as vivacious and fun-loving, Douglas is his usual easy-going and agreeable self. The result is an enjoyable 90 or so minutes.


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