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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.

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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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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title song was later adapted as the theme song for Eddie Cantor's radio program. See more »

Quotes

Henri Dornier - Private Detective: [to Professor Olivier] Professor, speaking detectively, you're as good as divorced right now.
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Connections

Remake of So This Is Paris (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

It Was Only a Dream Kiss
Music by Oscar Straus
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald
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Seduction
23 May 2008 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Sometimes these old films are useful if only because they are a fossilized record of the evolution of certain film techniques.

Here it is the technique of the main character looking directly at and addressing the audience outside of the story. As this really is expertly put together, there are many discrete steps of reality woven into this. There's the standard overlay of play and song that musicals had for decades. But there's also a couple other modes: one in which the characters speak their lines in rhyme. And a more subtle level where the tone is more deliberately artificial, play-like.

Incidentally, I have mentioned elsewhere that the current reputation of Paris as a romantic place was largely manufactured by the US film industry using hidden subsidies. The idea was attract US tourist dollars as part of the Marshall plan. Before the war, it was a place of sex without romance. Romance was deliberately out of the equation. You can see that here. The one hour is all that is required for the liaison that matters.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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