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A varied group of immigrants head for the USA aboard S.S. Mauronia, including Russians Sascha, Mischa, Toscha, and Olga. Sascha has fallen for Scots lassie Heather; Olga is courted by Chris Jansen, valet of first class passenger Larry Beaumont. Heather catches Larry's eye, to the discomfiture of Larry's other flame Diana. On arrival, Heather has immigration trouble, and a variety of complications ensue...Written by
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David Butler directed Delicious in 1931. Janet Gaynor stars as Heather, a Scottish immigrant to America. Charles Farrell plays wealthy Larry Beaumont. El Brendel provides comic relief as Swedish prankster Kris Jansen and Raul Roulien plays Sascha, a Russian immigrant in love with Heather. This film is a romantic comedy with musical segments written by the legendary George Gershwin.
Delicious begins on a ship to America. Heather and Sascha sing a song Sascha wrote for her called "Delicious." There is no piano in steerage, so they trespass to first class to find one. When discovered, they run away, and Heather finds herself in a horse's stable. There she meets Larry and the two connect immediately. When the ship docks, they lose contact, but find that fate intervenes. Heather discovers she cannot enter America on a formality, but she is desperate. She hides in Larry's horse's stall and is sent to his estate. There, Kris, Larry's valet, cares for her until Larry discovers her.
This film has four noticeable elements; sound, movement, costume, and acting. It is a realistic musical because no one bursts randomly into song. The first is sung during a celebration, a traditional song which displays the ethnicity of the performers. The title song exhibits the relationship between Sascha and Heather, but is appropriate because Sascha is a songwriter. The most elaborate number "The Melting Pot" is excusable because it is performed in a dream. It exemplifies another element, movement. Animation causes actors to appear and re-appear magically through stop-motion photography. The director utilizes motion in other scenes, like pans to establish new surroundings and zooms to highlight facial expressions. Later, a pull-back dolly exhibits Heather exiting the horse stall and a tilt follows Larry's eyes when he receives a letter. The stars' costumes are telling. Larry wears dark, solid suits while lower class characters like Sascha wear light, patterned suits. Heather begins in a plaid dress to reflect her Scottish heritage but changes to over-sized pajamas which emphasize vulnerability. Lastly, Brendel's stage-trained acting style exemplifies personality acting. He dons a comic Swedish accent in his films and here he sings his trademark and hilarious, "Blah Blah Blah." Musicals from the early 1930s are generally static, but this one is surprisingly innovative. The story is fun and the cinematic elements make it a joy to watch. Fans of classics and light-hearted comedies will love Delicious.
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