Gaston Fleury's ( Monte Blue ) wife, Loulou ( Marie Prevost ), takes a perfunctory interest in music but a deeper one in a musician named Maurice ( John Roche ). Although Gaston has no ... See full summary »
When the owner of the New York Globe-Leader dies without making a will, the paper is inherited by his only living relative, an "old maid schoolteacher" from Nebraska. Martha Aldrich, along ... See full summary »
George B. Seitz
Edna May Oliver,
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The musical play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 25 September 1905 and closed 16 June 1906 after 202 performances. After the hot summer months, it reopened on 1 September 1906 for another 22 performance. Considered a big hit, it went on tour for 3 years. See more »
[Finding her employee, Fifi, smooching with Legionnaire Paul]
Fifi! So this is the way you waste your time - canoodling!
Paul de St. Cyr:
[Paul and Fifi get up, looking guilty]
Don't blame Fifi, madame. It's my fault.
Don't tell me what to do, you... you canoodler! Come, Fifi.
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In this operetta, Walter Pigeon (who wasn't young, even in 1931) and Edward Everett Horton (!!) are two soldiers in love. Walter loves a shop-girl (who sings a lot). Edward loves Walter's arranged fiancée. Walt loses his girl, because papa writes her a check, and she uses it (after appropriate soul searching) to launch her opera career. Edward's in danger of losing her girl because the arranged marriage is going forward. Will true love triumph?
The musical numbers are OK, though sung in an operatic style that some may like, but most moviegoers now hate. The staging is very static. As for plot and acting -- nothing very good or very bad. Because Edward Everett Horton has a role outside of his usual range, he's subdued and seems a bit uncomfortable.
The bright spot here is Frank McHugh as the Brooklyn accented "Francois", who gets a comic number to himself in the opening reels. He shouts more than sings, but it's decent Broadway style singing. He also, in the same number, gets to parade about in drag. This is quite funny, and if you're in the right mood, worth seeing. His role, however, is entirely peripheral to the plot, and his speaking style is wackily out of place.
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