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In Gay Madrid (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 17 May 1930 (USA)
Ricardo, a young law student in his home town of Madrid, is a carefree playboy who loves nightclubs and courting pretty girls. His father hopes to instill a more serious attitude in his son... See full summary »


Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)


Alejandro Pérez Lugín (from the novel "La Casa De La Troya") (as Alejandro Perez Lugin)


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Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Ricardo
Dorothy Jordan ... Carmina
Lottice Howell ... Goytia
Claude King ... Marques de Castelar
Eugenie Besserer ... Doña Generosa (as Eugenia Besserer)
William V. Mong ... Rivas
Beryl Mercer ... Doña Concha
Nanci Price Nanci Price ... Jacinta
Herbert Clark Herbert Clark ... Octavio
David Scott David Scott ... Ernesto
George Chandler ... Enrique
Bruce Coleman Bruce Coleman ... Corpulento
Nicholas Caruso Nicholas Caruso ... Carlos


Ricardo, a young law student in his home town of Madrid, is a carefree playboy who loves nightclubs and courting pretty girls. His father hopes to instill a more serious attitude in his son by transferring him to a school in the rural town of Santiago. At Santiago, his father's old friend is to be his guardian. When Ricardo arrives at Santiago he joins a fraternity, and continues his carefree lifestyle while serenading and courting his guardian's daughter, Carmina. But when Ricardo's former girlfriend Goyita arrives for a visit, events take a serious turn . . . Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

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A Gay, Thrilling, Unforgettable Romance of Old Spain! See more »


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Release Date:

17 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The House of Troy See more »


Box Office


$467,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Version of College Boarding House (1959) See more »


Dark Night
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Herbert Stothart and Xavier Cugat
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
Played on guitar and sung by Ramon Novarro
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Creaky but OK
10 September 2001 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Early talkie about young, fun-loving college student Ricardo (Ramon Novarro) being sent by his father from Madrid to Santiago to concentrate on his studies. Naturally he falls in love and predictable complications happen. No great movie, but a good chance to see young and very handsome Novarro acting and singing (he had a beautiful voice). I wonder why his career died shortly after this--he was extremely good-looking, a good actor and could sing (and dance). His being gay might have something to do with it.

The rest of the cast is pretty bad--especially Dorothy Jourdan (talk about overacting) and David Scott (even worse than her).

Also, the title is strange--it takes place in Santiago NOT Madrid! However, the title is kind of amusing considering Novarro's orientation. A previous poster wrote about the interplay between Novarro and costar Scott--he's right--the gay implications are there and they're strong. It does make one wonder is anything happened between Scott and Novarro. Anyways, this is an OK time waster. It's a must if you're gay--just to see Novarro!

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