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The Chocolate Soldier (1941)

 -  Comedy | Family | Musical  -  November 1941 (USA)
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Maria and Karl Lang are the singing duo of Vienna. Maria is very flirtatious and Karl very jealous. Karl decides to masquerade as a Russian guardsman and attempts to make Maria flirt with ... See full summary »

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Karl Lang
Risë Stevens ...
Maria Lanyi
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Bernard Fischer
Florence Bates ...
Madame Helene
Dorothy Raye ...
Magda (as Dorothy Gilmore)
Nydia Westman ...
Liesel - Maid
Max Barwyn ...
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Charles Judels ...
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Maria and Karl Lang are the singing duo of Vienna. Maria is very flirtatious and Karl very jealous. Karl decides to masquerade as a Russian guardsman and attempts to make Maria flirt with him - to test her loyalty to him - as the Russian, Karl makes a vigorous attempt to seduce Maria. For a moment she accepts then rejects. Karl is left in turmoil... Written by Kelly

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Comedy | Family | Musical

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November 1941 (USA)  »

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O Soldado de Chocolate  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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When the stage version of "The Chocolate Soldier" premiered, it was as a musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's satirical play "Arms and the Man". Shaw strongly voiced his outrage over the way his play had been adapted and forbade any other musical adaptations of his plays (at least, as long as he was alive). "The Chocolate Soldier" had already been made into a silent film using the plot of Shaw's "Arms and the Man" (The Chocolate Soldier (1914)), but when this film was made, the plot of Ferenc Molnar's "The Guardsman" was used so as not to further offend Shaw, who was still alive. See more »

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Version of The Chocolate Soldier (1914) See more »

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Tiralala
(1909)
Music by Oscar Straus
Musical adaptation by Bronislau Kaper and Herbert Stothart (1941)
Original lyrics by Rudolph Bernauer and Leopold Jacobson
English lyrics by Hugh Stanislaus Stange (as Stanislaus Stange)
Additional lyrics by Gus Kahn (1941)
Sung by Risë Stevens while dancing with Vassily
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Quit picking on Nelson
7 June 2010 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Nelson Eddy was always considered a dull non-actor with a nice voice, no histrionic match for his usual co-star Jeanette MacDonald (who became increasingly coy and diva-ish with every passing movie). Here, opposite Rise Stevens in a musical updating of Molnar's "The Guardsman," he gets to exercise some hitherto unknown comic energy, and he's quite good-- not up to Alfred Lunt, perhaps, who played the role in MGM's 1931 non-musical version, but pleasingly hammy and with genuine comic timing. Stevens has a nice personality and, of course, a lovely Met soprano, but she's unflatteringly photographed, and she's playing a not very likable character. With minor roles given to Nigel Bruce and Florence Bates, Eddy and Stevens are pretty much the whole show, and they navigate the Oscar Straus melodies (and a few others) and worn marital-discord plot expertly. Made during the Hays Code years, it's less spicy than the original -- we're never in doubt as to whether the wife realizes her husband's exploits or not -- and takes place in a mittel-European never-never-land that never, never intrudes on reality. Once you get used to all the artifice and MGM overproduction, it's quite enjoyable. And it suggests Eddy may have had a productive career in comedy.


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