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One Hour with You (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 25 March 1932 (USA)
An unhappily married couple try to come between a happy one.

Directors:

George Cukor (uncredited), Ernst Lubitsch
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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Girls are checking up on MAURICE CHEVALIER- and finding him cute and sweet (Print ad- Sunday Tribune, ((Manila, P.I.)) 19 June 1932) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film is included in Criterion's "Eclipse Series 8: Lubitsch Musicals". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Le commissaire de police: Now listen, men. Spring is here and spring is a dangerous time of the year, especially in Paris. The wanderlust is in the air. Travelers are coming here from everywhere - from Cincinnati and Singapore. Now, what do they come for?
Parisian Policemen: We know!
Le commissaire de police: That's right! Chicago packers don't come here for a plate of cold cuts. Big planters don't come from Brazil - just for nuts. From Norway and Sweden, they don't come here to fish. But whether they come from Amsterdam or Birmingham or Siam - we let ...
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Alternate Versions

Original release prints of "One Hour With You" contained a number of scenes tinted in amber and blue (for interior and exterior night-time scenes). These tints were restored by UCLA, and the tinted version of the film was used in the laserdisc release "The Lubitsch Touch". See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Million Dollar Legs (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Three Times a Day
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Genevieve Tobin
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11 September 2004 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

I taped this one off UK TV in 1988 on the off chance it was good, kept it and have seen it about 10 times since. I wonder if a remastered DVD would be a little less murky as this is in places. Although a notch down from "Trouble in Paradise" it would still make it a worthy bookend, same director in Lubitsch, same studio, same year, same lightheartedness. Or maybe a triple bill with "Love me tonight", Mamoulian's masterpiece for my money, or a foursome with Sternberg's "Blonde Venus" if you feel in an even more arty mood.

The plot is pretty straightforward, turning the unfaithful wife and cuckolded husband scenario on its head with Roland Young (and his maid) pleased at the situation instead of demanding a duel to the death with Chevalier. The climax seems a little awkwardly handled, but ultimately the end credits plus a final snatch of the theme make it OK. And the music is brilliant and witty, helped by Paramount's brash Orchestra producing some marvellously angular but tuneful interpretations - even with the background noises (and similar in this respect also to the non-musical TIP).

Lubitsch re-used the plot from his film "The Marriage Circle", a silent with Adolphe Menjou, and although it has some fine moments is nowhere near as classy as the talkie version is. Being silent it has a completely different ambiance, but it's fun guessing where the songs should go.

All of the a/m films are sublime and should be on prescription!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 March 1932 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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