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The Love Parade (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 18 January 1930 (USA)
The queen of mythical Sylvania marries a courtier, who finds his new life unsatisfying.


Ernst Lubitsch


Ernest Vajda (by), Guy Bolton (by) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Chevalier ... Count Alfred Renard
Jeanette MacDonald ... Queen Louise
Lupino Lane ... Jacques
Lillian Roth ... Lulu
Eugene Pallette ... War Minister
E.H. Calvert ... Sylvanian Ambassador
Edgar Norton ... Master of Ceremonies
Lionel Belmore ... Prime Minister
Russ Powell Russ Powell ... Afghan Ambassador
Carl Stockdale ... The Admiral (as Carlton Stockdale)
Albert Roccardi ... The Foreign Minister
Anton Vaverka Anton Vaverka ... Cabinet Minister
Albert De Winton ... Cabinet Minister (as Albert de Winton)
William von Hardenburg William von Hardenburg ... Cabinet Minister
Margaret Fealy ... Lady-in-Waiting


Queen Louise's cabinet are worried that she will become an old maid, and are delighted when she marries the rougish Count Renard. Unfortunately, he finds his position as Queen's Consort unsatisfying and without purpose, and the marriage soon runs into difficulties. Written by Philip Apps <apps@math.wisc.edu>

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Ben Turpin: The silent movie comedian appears as the cross-eyed lackey who informs Count Renard that the court is ready for him at his wedding. See more »


The fact that Count Alfred (Maurice Chevalier) speaks with a French accent, even though he is not supposed to be French, is really not an "error". However, by adding a scene to attempt to explain this anomaly, it only serves to highlight the accent discrepancies in the casting. For instance, in contrast to the accent discrepancy with Chevalier's character, no one seems to notice that his French servant, Jacques (Lupino Lane), speaks British English with no discernible French accent. See more »


[first lines]
Jacques: [singing] I'll lay the dish here / Ooh, la la la la! / To hold the fish here / Ooh, la la la la! / The serviettes here / And now the cigarettes here / And matches, too. / They mustn't complain. / A little candy / Ooh, la la la la! / A little brandy / Ooh, la la la la! / A bunch of roses / To show the way we entertain / And a little bottle of champagne.
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Dream Lover
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Schertzinger
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Chorus
Reprized by her after Alfred leaves Paris
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Four outstanding performances from four witty and charming performers grace this lavishly produced musical comedy with its champagne-bubble songs and sexually-charged dialogue
6 September 2009 | by J. SpurlinSee all my reviews

Count Alfred (Maurice Chevalier) has disgraced his home country of Sylvania with one too many scandalous affairs with married women, and the ambassador of Sylvania commands him to return home. Alfred's manservant, Jacques (Lupino Lane), begs to come along, and his master relents. Alfred, burdened with a newly acquired French accent that makes him sound most un-Sylvanian, fears the wrath of his queen (Jeanette MacDonald). But instead of having him shot, she falls in love with him, and he with her. The entire kingdom, which has had nothing on its mind except seeing the queen get married, is thrilled. As Jacques and Lulu the maid (Lillian Roth) conduct their own romance, reveling in their commonness, Alfred discovers at the altar that his own marriage will be most uncommon - and a dire threat to his manhood. He may be marrying a queen, but he most definitely won't be a king.

Ernst Lubitsch directed this marvelous technical and artistic achievement back when other early sound films were still stumbling along. Four outstanding performances from four witty and charming performers (Chevalier, MacDonald, Lane and Roth) grace this lavishly produced musical comedy with its champagne-bubble songs and sexually-charged dialogue.

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English | French

Release Date:

18 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$650,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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