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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 »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Alejandro Pérez Lugín (from the novel "La Casa De La Troya") (as Alejandro Perez-Lugin), Bess Meredyth (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Ricardo
Dorothy Jordan ... Carmina
Lottice Howell ... Goyita
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
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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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He'll Enchant You with His Golden Songs of Love (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - September 11, 1930) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Version of College Boarding House (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Ramon Novarro Steps On The Slippery Slope
3 March 2002 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A young playboy IN GAY MADRID is sent to provincial Santiago de Compostela to complete his education.

The decline in the career of Ramon Novarro, MGM's eager & energetic romantic leading man, can trace its beginnings to this unfortunate little film. After his great success with THE PAGAN & DEVIL-MAY-CARE (both 1929), this had to have been quite a disappointment. With his pleasant accent & fine singing voice, Novarro had already proved that talking pictures would be no problem for him - if given the right roles.

But Hollywood was about to go out of the Latin Lover movie business. With new stars like Robert Montgomery & Clark Gable soon to ascend, male masculinity would be the vogue and gender ambiguity - represented by Novarro, Billy Haines & Nils Asther - would not only no longer be in fashion, but could be viewed as rather dangerous by the Studio front offices.

Starting with IN GAY MADRID, Novarro would enter a bumpy flight of highs & lows in the films he would be assigned, ending with a crash landing in THE NIGHT IS YOUNG (1934). He would play the parts well, in a kaleidoscope of ethnic disguises, but ultimately his MGM stardom was doomed.

In MADRID, Novarro once again plays a school boy, a part for which he was about a dozen years too old. The love story is pure soap opera and not very compelling. Novarro's fellow students, strangely all male, have the distressing habit of frequently breaking into rousing campus choruses, sounding rather too much like Wiffenpoof wannabes. Novarro is the only member of the cast who seems to care about exhibiting even a scintilla of Spanish sensibility.

Novarro is reunited with lovely Dorothy Jordan, his costar in DEVIL-MAY-CARE, but she is essentially given mostly silly señorita dialogue and so becomes tedious quite quickly. Plump little Beryl Mercer provides some moments of sly fun as Miss Jordan's maiden aunt.

Novarro's natural charm gets to slip out at times. His songs, especially the serenaded ballads, are very enjoyable (Xavier Cugat was responsible for some of the music). And in the scene in which he tries to regale his father with details of an imaginary taxi accident, Novarro is very funny. Too bad the rest of the film kept tripping him up...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The House of Troy See more »

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Budget:

$467,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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