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Melody Cruise (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 23 June 1933 (USA)
A popular playboy goes on a cruise from New York in winter to California. He brings a friend to keep him from getting too serious with any of the many eligible women on the cruise. The plot... See full summary »


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Ben Holmes (screen play), Mark Sandrich (screen play)


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Complete credited cast:
Charles Ruggles ... Pete Wells (as Charlie Ruggles)
Phil Harris ... Alan Chandler
Helen Mack ... Laurie Marlowe
Greta Nissen ... Elsa Von Rader
Chick Chandler ... Hickey
June Brewster ... Zoe
Shirley Chambers ... Vera
Florence Roberts ... Miss Potts
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Wells


A popular playboy goes on a cruise from New York in winter to California. He brings a friend to keep him from getting too serious with any of the many eligible women on the cruise. The plot complicates when he does fall in love with one and attempts to pursue her over the objections of his friend.

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English | French | German | Spanish

Release Date:

23 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cruzeiro dos Amores See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Phil Harris' first film. See more »


Laurie Marlowe: You didn't think I'd come, did you?
Alan Chandler: Well, I didn't know.
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Referenced in The Lady Consents (1936) See more »


Isn't This a Night for Love
(1933) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Val Burton and Will Jason
Sung by Phil Harris, unidentified persons in French, German and Spanish
Music for the Ballet sequence and often in the score
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Charlie cheating again
21 March 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In this RKO musical Charlie Ruggles was brought over from Paramount but he's playing his usual role of a cheating playboy who has written an indiscreet letter and wants it back before wife Marjorie Gateson sees it. She's in Europe and Charlie is on a delightful cruise to California through the Panama Canal with cuties June Brewster and Shirley Chambers.

Along for the ride is Ruggles's pal Phil Harris who finds some true love on the cruise with Helen Mack. Some forgettable songs are in Melody Cruise save for its main theme Isn't This A Night For Love repeated throughout and best used as an ice ballet when the ship docks in California and Phil and Helen are in Squaw Valley. I have to say Busby Berkeley could not have done better over at Warner Brothers given the bigger budgets he had than what RKO did here.

What's hard to believe here is that Phil Harris was ever that young for those of us who remember him as Jack Benny's brash bandleader and in only a few more years. Handles his end of the singing nicely.

One only wishes that RKO had borrowed Mary Boland as well as Ruggles from Paramount. Ruggles always did his best work with her though no complaints about Gateson.

Nice ending for Ruggles when he knows the jig is up.

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