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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.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

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

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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 Albert De Winton ... Cabinet Minister (as Albert de Winton)
William von Hardenburg William von Hardenburg ... Cabinet Minister
Margaret Fealy ... Lady-in-Waiting
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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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Paramount introduces the beautiful, sensational, Jeanette MacDonald! Charming! Sexy! Funny! Romantic! Great entertainment! See more »


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Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1929 enter the U.S. public domain in 2025. See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

The Queen Is Always Right
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Schertzinger
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
Sung by Lupino Lane, Lillian Roth and Chorus
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Chevalier Shines In Lubitsch Teaser
15 May 2004 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Domestic difficulties between the strong-willed Queen of Sylvania and her stubborn Consort may cause them both to miss THE LOVE PARADE.

Director Ernst Lubitsch spread his special brand of sophisticated naughtiness in this visually impressive & engaging early talkie musical. Depending much on the intelligence of the viewer, the film serves up unexpected bons mons of wit (e.g. the dog barking his farewells to the pooches of Paris) which never fail to enchant. Lubitsch would contribute a series of delightful little comedies over the next several years, making the title of this confection pertinent in more ways than one.

Maurice Chevalier practically oozes Gaelic charm in a wonderfully hammy, ingratiating performance. His French charisma dominates the screen; he embraces his songs rather than just singing them. His immense joie de vivre & exceptional talent was perfectly attuned to the sound motion picture. In her film debut, the lovely Jeanette MacDonald proves a charming partner to Chevalier. Imperious or coquettish by turns, she beguiles the viewer as well as Maurice--her celebrated voice (when intelligible) put to good use in the seduction.

British physical comedian Lupino Lane is a winner as Chevalier's highly energetic little valet; lanky Lillian Roth, as a palace maid, joins him for some humorous knockabout songs. Lionel Belmore & Eugene Palette bring appropriately hefty gravitas to their roles as government ministers. Diminutive Edgar Norton appears as an unflappable majordomo.

Movie mavens will recognize silent screen comic Ben Turpin as a cross-eyed lackey, Russ Powell as the Afghan Ambassador and young Jean Harlow as one of a group of women applauding Chevalier at the theatre, all uncredited.


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USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 January 1930 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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