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The Chocolate Soldier (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Musical | November 1941 (USA)
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 »



(screen play), (screen play)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »


Complete credited cast:
Risë Stevens ...
Maria Lanyi
Bernard Fischer
Madame Helene
Dorothy Raye ...
Magda (as Dorothy Gilmore)
Liesel - Maid


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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Sights To See! Songs To Hear! It's Packed With Pleasure!


Comedy | Family | Musical


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Release Date:

November 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El soldado de chocolate  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1924, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne starred on Broadway in what is considered the definitive version of the non-musical play "The Guardsman". This was adapted from Hungarian to English by Philip Moeller. This production opened at the Garrick Theatre in New York on Oct. 13, 1924 and ran for 248 performances. See more »


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Thank the Lord the War Is Over
(1909) (uncredited)
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 and Nelson Eddy and chorus in the show
Hummed a cappella by Florence Bates
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Lavish production values, phenomenal music and two sublime lead performances, in general a real musical treat of a film!
24 November 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I heard so much about The Chocolate Soldier from watching clips of both Nelson Eddy and Rise Stevens on YouTube and people telling me how good it was, and desperately I wanted to see it. I finally saw it, and you know what, I wasn't disappointed.

I will agree that the story about a man suspecting his wife of infidelity is predictable and creaks with age, and the choreography at times was disappointingly unexciting and pedestrian. But putting these flaws aside, this is a truly beautiful and entertaining film. One thing for certain, the production values were simply fabulous. The lavish costumes and beautiful sets were really a wonder to look at. The score is phenomenal, featuring some Oscar Strauss hits like My Hero, Thank the Lord the War is Over, Sympathy and of course the Chocolate Soldier, and some well known opera gems like Mon Couer s'oeuvre a Ta voix from Saint Saens's Samson and Delilah and Evening Star from Wagner's Tannhauser. While my Lady Sleeps was stunning too, but the real highlight was the enormously entertaining Song of the Flea. The performances were sublime; while the beautiful Rise Stevens is probably at her loveliest and sings beautifully, it is the wonderful undervalued Nelson Eddy who steals the show with his beautiful resonant voice and flawless comic timing and stage presence. Nigel Bruce and Florence Bates are good too.

All in all, a beautiful film. Not perfect, but the production values, score and performances make it a treat. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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