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Love Me Tonight (1932)

A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess.

Director:

Rouben Mamoulian

Writers:

Samuel Hoffenstein (screen play), George Marion Jr. (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maurice Chevalier ... Maurice
Jeanette MacDonald ... Princess Jeanette (as Jeanette Mac Donald)
Charles Ruggles ... Viscount Gilbert de Varèze (as Charlie Ruggles)
Charles Butterworth ... Count de Savignac
Myrna Loy ... Countess Valentine
C. Aubrey Smith ... Duke d'Artelines
Elizabeth Patterson ... First Aunt
Ethel Griffies ... Second Aunt
Blanche Friderici ... Third Aunt (as Blanche Frederici)
Joseph Cawthorn ... Dr. Armand de Fontinac (as Joseph Cawthorne)
Robert Greig ... Major Domo Flammand
Bert Roach ... Emile
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Storyline

When Parisienne tailor Maurice Courtelin learns that one of his aristocratic clients, the Viscount Gilbert de Varèze, is a deadbeat who never pays for the merchandise he acquires, he heads off to try and collect what is owed to him. He gets little in the way of cash from the Viscount who is desperate that his uncle, the Duke D'Artelines not learn of his debts. He suggests that Maurice spend a little time at the chateau until the money can be found. The Duke takes an immediate liking to Maurice - who's been introduced as a Baron - but that's not the case for the Princess Jeanette who, after an encounter with him him on the road earlier that day. Over time Jeannette falls in love with him Written by garykmcd

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Warm Love! Hilarious fun! Sweet music! Hot lyrics! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1932 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ama-me Esta Noite See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) | (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

Just before the "Isn't It Romantic?" number begins in the tailor shop, Maurice reacts with pleasure as his customer Emile steps out of the dressing room, supposedly wearing his new suit. But in the mirror's reflection we can see that actor Roach is still wearing his long-johns from earlier in the scene. In the next shot, he is suddenly wearing the suit. See more »

Quotes

Major Domo Flammand: About the schedule for the guests for tomorrow, your grace.
Duke d'Artelines: Oh tomorrow... bridge... at 3. And dinner... at 8.
Major Domo Flammand: And after dinner?
Duke d'Artelines: Bridge! Rather an amusing day, Flammand, eh?
Major Domo Flammand: Quite exciting, your grace.
Duke d'Artelines: And, what are the guests doing now, Flammand?
Major Domo Flammand: Playing bridge, your grace.
Duke d'Artelines: Ahhh!
[Smiles, self-satisfied]
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Soundtracks

The Son of a Gun Is Nothing But a Tailor
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Sung by C. Aubrey Smith, Elizabeth Patterson, Ethel Griffies, Blanche Friderici, Myrna Loy, Robert Greig, Edgar Norton, Cecil Cunningham, Rita Owin and Mel Kalish
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All they say.
20 September 2004 | by EdSee all my reviews

I've always found Maurice and Jeannette to be acquired tastes but they really shine here. The "Iron Butterfly" had a high soprano with an exaggerated pronunciation but she shows herself to be a gifted comedienne in this film and so one forgives her that. The opening scene is justly famous with its use of natural street sounds shading off into music and the camera work is highly fluid, especially for 1932.

Is it the greatest movie musical of all time? It may well be and that would even include "Singing in the Rain" but I wouldn't want to make a choice and I don't think anyone has to.

Rodgers and Hart were at their peak here though they did equally fine things later on. But certainly "Isn't it Romantic", "Mimi" (though more of a specialty for Maurice), and "Lover" are standards in anyone's book. The story, though typically silly, is treated in such a way that it is elevated to at least a serviceable level.

The "Western Electric Noiseless Recording" process is just that though one would hardly confuse it with modern Dolby stereo.

The supporting cast is equally excellent including the Charleses Ruggles and Butterworth as well as Myrna Loy who had a much solider screen persona later on (Thin Man series and "Best Years of Our Lives") though she's fine here as a man-chaser.

Many of the original innuendos remain intact but others were censored later for rerelease and they were lost. But screenplay excerpts of these are given on the video.

The Kino DVD is well done but since the library copy I saw was a little damaged, I was not able to watch all of the comments by Miles Kreuger, an associate of Reuben Mamoulian's in later years.

10 out of 10.


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