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One Hour with You (1932)

An unhappily married couple try to come between a happy one.

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George Cukor (uncredited), Ernst Lubitsch
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maurice Chevalier ... Dr. Andre Bertier
Jeanette MacDonald ... Colette Bertier
Lili Damita ... Mitzi Olivier
Genevieve Tobin ... Mitzi Olivier
Pierre Etchepare Pierre Etchepare ... Adolphe
Charles Ruggles ... Adolph
Ernest Ferny Ernest Ferny ... Le professeur Olivier
Roland Young ... Professor Olivier
André Cheron André Cheron ... Le commissaire de police
Josephine Dunn ... Mademoiselle Martel
Richard Carle ... Henri Dornier - Private Detective
Barbara Leonard ... Mitzi's Maid
George Barbier ... Police Commissioner
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Storyline

Andre and Colette Bertier are happily married. When Colette introduces her husband to her flirtatious best friend, Mitzi, he does his best to resist her advances. But she is persistent, and very cute, and he succumbs. Mitzi's husband wants to divorce her, and has been having her tailed. Andre gets caught, and must confess to his wife. But Colette has had problems resisting the attentions of another man herself, and they forgive each other. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une heure près de toi See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Mitzi Olivier: I'll be waiting in a taxi on the next corner. Five minutes.
Dr. Andre Bertier: Impossible.
Mitzi Olivier: Ten minutes.
Dr. Andre Bertier: Ridiculous.
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Dr. Andre Bertier: Positively maybe.
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Soundtracks

Three Times a Day
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Genevieve Tobin
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Mitzi Wants House Calls
29 July 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the second of their four films together and the only one in which they start out as man and wife, Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald play a happily married couple who face a comic crisis in their marriage when Jeanette announces she's going to be visited by an old friend in Genevieve Tobin in One Hour With You.

What she doesn't know is that Tobin and Maurice have had a flirtatious rendezvous in one of those legendary speedy Paris taxi cabs. Tobin as Mitzi is one saucy wench whose marriage to Roland Young is coming to an end. The only question remaining is who will be caught in a compromising position first for the sake of the alimony.

The whole thing is directed with typical continental charm by Ernest Lubitsch replete with various things in the film identified as the Lubitsch touch. My favorite of those is when Genevieve gets Dr. Chevalier to make a house call, you see a shot of her feet kicking off her shoes and then wiggling in anticipation.

Oscar Straus and Leo Robin wrote most of the music, but the title song was written Richard Whiting with lyrics by Leo Robin. It's introduced during a nightclub scene by radio singer Donald Novis who occasionally did film and stage roles and then sung by nearly all the principals in the cast. Jeanette made a good selling RCA Victor recording of it.

Maurice Chevalier got to sing Oh That Mitzi which both advances the plot of the film as he tells of his dilemma between his wife Colette{MacDonald), but Oh That Mitzi and is a number perfectly suiting his style. It was part of his nightclub act forever after.

Genevieve Tobin is great as the saucy Mitzi and filmgoers probably know her best as the dowager Mrs. Chisholm who was held captive by Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest. Tobin had to be one talented lady, that's quite a difference in parts between One Hour With You and The Petrified Forest.

One cannot ignore Charlie Ruggles a rather timid suitor who is so hoping to get Jeanette on the rebound from Maurice. He's got some very funny scenes with her.

One Hour With You is one of those sophisticated comedies depicting a world gone by. I'm not even sure in Europe if they still dress in tuxedo for dinner.


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