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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

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 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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Storyline

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!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El desfile del amor See more »

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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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There is no evidence that, as has been suggested, the dialogue is post-synced. Although there are a number of unmarried shots (i.e., not shot at the same time as the sound) throughout the film, these are always where no tight syncing is required. Almost all dialogue sequences are shot in pretty static two-shots and are plainly sync sound (in any case, accurate post-syncing would be extremely difficult in the period before looping was introduced). An exception is the song and chorus sequence just after Alfred has walked out on her, where there is solo singing at some distance from the camera, followed by a sequence with chorus; both have independent sound and visible lip-sync errors. There is no mixing of tracks in the dubbing--everything is done by editing, of which there is a considerable amount (for example, the music stops to let you hear the dog gnawing his bone just before "Nobody's using it now" and there are edits to enable this). There is a lot of level control of the sound to keep the effects (mostly live) down. The speech and sound quality are remarkably good throughout--a very considerable achievement for the period--and the synchronization always perfect. The film ends with playout music and no picture, which must have been something of an innovation at that time. See more »

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[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

Paris, Stay the Same
(Paris, je t'Aime d'Amour) (1929)
(uncredited)
Music by Victor Schertzinger
French lyrics by Battaille-Henri
English lyrics by Clifford Grey
Sung by Maurice Chevalier and Lupino Lane
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Anything to Please the Queen
15 November 2000 | by lugonianSee all my reviews

THE LOVE PARADE (Paramount, 1929) directed by Ernst Lubitsch, stars Maurice Chevalier in his second Hollywood musical (the first being 1929s "Innocents of Paris") and his first of four opposite Jeanette MacDonald in her screen debut. Jeanette plays Queen Louise of the Kingdom of Sylvania who immediately falls in love with Count Alfred Renard, a popular ladies' man, and soon marries this Parisian emissary in order to negotiate a loan from foreign power. After they wed, Alfred soon finds married life isn't what he has hoped, having to take orders from his wife as well as being second fiddle around the kingdom.

In spite of its age, THE LOVE PARADE is still quite entertaining early sound musical, consisted mostly of songs and limited dancing. With score composed by Victor Schewrtzinger and Clifford Grey, songs include, "Oo-La-La-La-La" (sung by Lupino Lane); "Paris, Stay the Same" (sung by Maurice Chevalier); "Dream Lover" (sung by Jeanette MacDonald/ ladies-in-waiting); "Anything to Please the Queen" and "My Love Parade" both sung by Chevalier and MacDonald); "Dream Lover" (reprise by MacDonald); "Let's Be Common" (sung by Lupino Lane and Lillian Roth); "The March of the Grenadiers" (sung by MacDonald); "Nobody's Using It Now" (sung by Chevalier); "The Queen is Always Right" (recited by Roth and Lane/ staff); "Dream Lover" (reprise by MacDonald); "March of the Grenadiers" (reprise by soldiers); and "My Love Parade" (reprised by MacDonald and Chevalier).

Running ten minutes shy of two hours, THE LOVE PARADE was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Picture, with Chevalier's nomination for Best Actor, but no wins. Other members of the cast consist of Eugene Palette, Edgar Norton, Ethel Griffies and Lionel Bellmore. Look fast for silent comic Ben Turpin in a funny bit; and future film stars as Virginia Bruce as the lady-in-waiting, and Jean Harlow as one of the patrons in the ballet theater.

Formerly presented on the American Movie Classics cable channel (January 1989-September 1996), AMC's host, Bob Dorian, noted an interesting piece of trivia that THE LOVE PARADE was the only movie in which Jeanette MacDonald smoked a cigarette on screen. Finally distributed to DVD in 2009, THE LOVE PARADE returned to cable television broadcasting once again, being Turner Classic Movies where it premiered February 3, 2010, with added bonus of two minute exit music in its fadeout.

Full of comedy wit and unexpected surprises in the Ernst Lubitch tradition, THE LOVE PARADE is still worthy film study and entertainment value after all these years. (***)


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