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New Moon (1940)

Passed  -  Musical | Romance | Adventure  -  28 June 1940 (USA)
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Marianne de Beaumaniour is on her way to New Orleans from Paris to inspect the plantation she inherited from her uncle. On the ship with her are bondsmen, that are to be sold for slavery. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marianne de Beaumanoir
Mary Boland ...
Valerie de Rossac
George Zucco ...
Vicomte Ribaud
Father Michel
Governor of New Orleans
Stanley Fields ...
Dick Purcell ...
John Miljan ...
Pierre Brugnon
Ivan F. Simpson ...
William Tannen ...
Bunty Cutler ...
Claude King ...
Monsieur Dubois
Cecil Cunningham ...
Governor's Wife
Joe Yule ...


Marianne de Beaumaniour is on her way to New Orleans from Paris to inspect the plantation she inherited from her uncle. On the ship with her are bondsmen, that are to be sold for slavery. Charles, Duc de Villiers, a political enemy of the king, is also aboard posing as a bondsman. Charles is bought by Marianne's plantation manager and she is quickly taken by Charles' charm. Marianne soon discovers Charles' true-identity and she sets him free, before, the French officers find him. Marianne decides to sail back to Paris with the Police Captain on the ship, 'New Moon', but, they must first stop at Martinique. After Martinique, the ship is invaded by pirates. Marianne is shocked to see that Charles is the leader. That night, a fierce storm occurs, and everyone is ship-wrecked. Now, Charles is the leader and the fun begins... Written by Kelly

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The King and Queen of Song...gloriously together a red-blooded romance...of moonlight and and danger...buccaneers and beauties! See more »


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Release Date:

28 June 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

New Moon  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Abe Dinovitch, Sally Mueller and Austin Grant are listed in studio records as cast members for "solo bits in the 'Stouthearted Men' sequence," but no soloists are heard in that sequence other than Nelson Eddy. See more »


[stranded on a desert island]
Marianne de Beaumanoir: Shall I cook, or do you prefer I milk a goat?
Charles Duc de Villiers: Try cooking! Men are more lenient than goats.
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Referenced in Hollywood: Style Center of the World (1940) See more »


Dance Your Cares Away
(1940) (uncredited)
Based on "Funny Little Sailor Man" (1928) (uncredited)
Music by Sigmund Romberg
New Lyricist unknown
Performed by unidentified singers
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A Lovely Escape
4 January 2003 | by (New Cumberland, PA) – See all my reviews

This movie is lighthearted and a joy to be "lost in" for an evening. The music and singing perfectly complimented an intricate plot. The quality of Nelson Eddy's and Jeanette McDonald's is incredible, and they take you from the depths of sadness and loss to triumph and joyful reunion throughout the show. Nelson Eddy is as dashing and handsome as any leading man in the 21st century, and Jeanette McDonald's beauty is unrivaled. Both have central roles in a plot that twists and turns, and play them well, intelligently, believably. All the supporting cast is enthusiastic and funny, and add to the energy and drive of the story. The story is clean and innocent which was very refreshing. At the same time it is compelling, engaging and will remain in one's mind for days afterward. A wonderful surprise of a movie, one that I will keep in my movie library for years to come.

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