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Oh, for a Man! (1930)

Carlotta Manson is a young and beautiful opera star who wants some spice in her personal life. She threatens to forsake opera for a wild, romantic fling. One night, a burglar, Barney McGann... See full summary »

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Hamilton MacFadden

Writers:

Mary F. Watkins (story "Stolen Thunder"), Philip Klein (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Carlotta Manson
Reginald Denny ... Barney McGann
Marjorie White ... Totsy Franklin
Warren Hymer ... 'Pug' Morini
Alison Skipworth ... Laura
Albert Conti ... Peck
Bela Lugosi ... Frescatti
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Storyline

Carlotta Manson is a young and beautiful opera star who wants some spice in her personal life. She threatens to forsake opera for a wild, romantic fling. One night, a burglar, Barney McGann breaks into Carlotta's boudoir while she's asleep to steal her jewelery. Carlotta awakes and is facinated with Barney. They date and marry at her Villa in Italy. Soon Barney can't take being married to a diva and leaves her. Carlotta picks herself up and returns to opera. One night as Carlotta is asleep in her boudoir, she is awaken by someone breaking in... Written by Kelly

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What wouldn't she do..for that man?

Genres:

Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stolen Thunder See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Filming began September 12 1930, released November 5. Bela Lugosi's last film prior to "Dracula," which started September 29 1930. See more »

Soundtracks

Liebestod
(uncredited)
from "Tristan und Isolde"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Poor early talkie with vivacious MacDonald
29 May 2013 | by bbmtwistSee all my reviews

This is a very poor early talkie, both in subject matter and in technical non-achievement. The sound is atrocious - sound sections are recorded at a low level and silent sections are extremely noisy with white noise- and there are damaged sections - Denny's audition aria and subsequent dialogue are drowned out. The surviving print, which must be a 16 mm one, is dark, blurry and washed out. One entire reel is missing from the surviving print, which runs 72 minutes.

The plot is stupid and full of sexual innuendos. MacDonald will give up her opera career to marry a low life Irish thief. It's all sex here - opera star and man toy (inspiration for Pal Joey?). Alison Skipworth is fine as MacDonald's private assistant and Bela Lugosi plays the part of her manager well.

The only reason to see this is for MacDonald - who has one number- the Liebestod from TRISTAN UND ISOLDE. She is vivacious, charming and full of diva personality. She does so well, it's a pity the film does not support her.

The DVD I saw was taken from an old VHS print with horizontal blip lines - very dark and fuzzy. For those who must have this for their MacDonald collection - it's available from Loving The Classics.


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