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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
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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