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Rosalie (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Musical | 24 December 1937 (USA)
West Point cadet Dick Thorpe falls in love with a girl, who turns out to be a princess from an European kingdom.

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(as W.S. Van Dyke II)

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(based on the play by) (as Wm. Anthony McGuire), (based on the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Oloff
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West Point cadet Dick Thorpe falls in love with a girl, who turns out to be a princess from an European kingdom.

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Drama | Musical

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24 December 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hoheit tanzt inkognito  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Adapted from a Broadway show produced by Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.. The original stage production of "Rosalie" opened Jan. 10, 1928 at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York and ran for 335 performances. The book was by William Anthony McGuire and Guy Bolton. Despite its moderate success and powerhouse composers (music by George Gershwin and Sigmund Romberg, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and P.G. Wodehouse), MGM decided to have Cole Porter write an entirely new score for the film. Max Steiner also worked on the original Broadway production as an orchestrator; Steiner went on to compose the music for some of Hollywood's most popular films, including King Kong (1933), Gone with the Wind (1939) and Casablanca (1942). Marilyn Miller starred in the stage version of "Rosalie", and Frank Morgan, best known to modern audiences as the title role in The Wizard of Oz (1939), played the role of the king in the stage version as well as in this film. See more »

Goofs

During the 'drum dance' sequence there are three rows of huge drums all sounding together. The drum sticks on the front row are synchronized so that they all hit the drum at the same time. The drum sticks in the second and third rows are out of synch with the first row yet their sound is in synch. See more »

Quotes

Dick Thorpe: I'm your dream soldier reporting for duty.
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Connections

Referenced in Honolulu (1939) See more »

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(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played as background music
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A Mixed Bag
14 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Writing comments about a movie like this one is difficult. The plot and dialogue are atrocious, but the score and visuals are first rate. So one splits the difference and gives it a "5." As some of the few comments thus far have implied, it is a formulaic comedy with loads of prominent character actors of the time reprising roles already played in other movies and on the radio. Audiences in 1937 were for the most part captive to that sort of thing. Diversity of tastes like that of today just did not exist, and everyone going to the movies in small-town America was inclined to go along with the gag mainly because it was literally the only show in town.

When as a lad I paid my 9 cents admission at the box office, I knew I was going to sit through anything they threw at me, including the newsreel at the beginning, the same old cartoons, a dumb serial episode with someone falling off a moving train at the end -- to be continued -- and a main feature in black-and-white that depended more on stock characters and situations than on anything new or scandalous.

Now I watch these same features on Turner Classic Movies with moody nostalgia and total suspension of disbelief. So what if Nelson Eddy at nearly 40 was playing a cadet of half that age? And what about my now knowing that his off-screen person was 180 degrees off the roles he played? His singing is still mesmerizing, an operetta voice the likes of which disappeared ages ago -- indeed a relic of the Nineteenth Century. Even an uncharacteristically inferior Porter tune like "Rosalie" gets a high-class treatment.

Sure, there are better musicals from the 30's, but this one is a piece of history as well as a minor work of art.


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