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Adorable (1933)

Approved | | Musical, Comedy, Romance | 19 May 1933 (USA)
Janet Gaynor plays a rebellious princess who must try to marry the man she loves, instead of the stuffy old prince her parents want her to marry. But will this ordinary man love her back ... See full summary »

Director:

William Dieterle (as Wilhelm Dieterle)

Writers:

Paul Frank (story "Ihre Hoheit Befiehlt"), Billy Wilder (story "Ihre Hoheit Befiehlt") (as Billie Wilder) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... Princess Marie Christine, aka Mitzi
Henri Garat ... Karl Conrad (as Henry Garat)
C. Aubrey Smith ... The Prime Minister, Von Heynitz
Herbert Mundin ... The Detective, Pipac
Blanche Friderici ... The Countess
Hans Heinrich von Twardowski ... The Prince of Pontevedro
James A. Marcus ... The Cook General
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Janet Gaynor plays a rebellious princess who must try to marry the man she loves, instead of the stuffy old prince her parents want her to marry. But will this ordinary man love her back once he finds out she's a princess? Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Princess at Your Orders See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remake of Her Grace Commands (1931) See more »

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My Heart's Desire
(uncredited)
Words by George Marion Jr.
Music by Richard A. Whiting
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Charming romance set in a fantasy land
26 January 2007 | by claudecatSee all my reviews

In this early sound musical, Janet Gaynor plays a princess in an Austria-like fairytale kingdom who longs to live the life of an ordinary girl. Watch it with a sense of humor--this is in no way an important musical along the lines of "Gigi", but it doesn't try to be. The script is humorous and a bit self-mocking, and the actors have a lot of fun inventing business for themselves--scenes between C. Aubrey Smith and Herbert Mundin appear to have been staged for their personal amusement, which luckily works for the audience, too. Director Dieterle adds some wonderful flights of fancy, which I won't give away, because the surprise is a good part of the fun. The music, sets, and costumes all contribute to the delightful feeling of fantasy.

Janet Gaynor's voice is almost shockingly girlish, which I think must have been partly due to the sound technology used, but her performance suits the title. In addition, her character is spirited and mischievous. Henri Garat, a French actor playing Gaynor's love interest, doesn't fare quite as well as she does: he's a bit hard to understand, with his heavy accent; isn't 100% photogenic; and his character comes off as a little caddish. But he does bring his fine singing voice, sounding sincere even when the lyrics are a trifle silly: "You're so completely adorable...is the way to your heart explorable?"

Recommended for old-movie fans looking for a diverting film that's sweet but surprising.


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