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Marianne (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 24 August 1929 (USA)
During World War I, a young French woman struggles to choose between two suitors: a blind soldier to whom she is engaged and an American serviceman.


Robert Z. Leonard


Dale Van Every (story), Laurence Stallings (dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Marianne
George Baxter ... André
Lawrence Gray ... Stagg
Cliff Edwards ... Soapy
Benny Rubin ... Sam
Scott Kolk ... Lieut. Frane
Robert Edeson ... The General
Emile Chautard ... Père Joseph


During World War I, a French girl is romanced by an American doughboy even though she is promised to a French soldier who is fighting at the front. She falls in love with the Yank however out of her commitment to her French soldier she stays with him especially since he returns from the war blind. Do circumstances change so she can follow him to "Second Forty Street" in New York? Musical numbers include "Just You, Just Me." Written by Ed Lorusso, A.Nonymous

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English | French

Release Date:

24 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La compagnia d'assalto See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


First shot as a silent film (which exists), this was recast and re-shot as an all-talkie film. The silent version was released overseas and on a very limited basis domestically. See more »


Soapy: Can't you expectorate that man outta your mind?
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Alternate Versions

Although two versions of this film were shot, a talkie and a silent, and both of them exist, there was also a third version that MGM used to show this film in Argentina. The majority of the footage was lifted from the silent version (with an added soundtrack with music and effects) and all of the songs from the sound version were also included. See more »


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The Sidewalks of New York
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor
Played as background music in New York
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Charming talkie debut for Marion Davies
5 September 2000 | by Dr. EdSee all my reviews

Marion Davies starring talkie debut is a total triumph. She plays a French country girl wooed by 3 American doughboys during WW I (nicely played by Lawrence Gray, Cliff Edwards & Benny Rubin). But this is Marion's show all the way. This 1929 musical displays Marion's wonderful comic gifts as well as her pretty good singing & dancing. But it's her personality that shines through in this gutsy career move. She was the first major star to try a foreign accent in her talkie debut (she had co-starred in the Hollywood Revue of 1929 that same year). While other stars were fretting over their accents, Marion jumped right in. Now that her "association" with William Randolph Hearst is old news, today's audiences can watch Davies without the baggage and marvel at her comic timing and versatility. She certainly ranks with the decade's best comediennes: Carole Lombard, Jean Arthur & Myrna Loy!!!

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