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Tonight Is Ours (1933)

A princess is torn between her royal obligations and her love for a handsome Frenchman.

Director:

Stuart Walker

Writers:

Noël Coward (play) (as Noel Coward), Edwin Justus Mayer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Claudette Colbert ... Princess Nadya
Fredric March ... Sabien Pastal
Alison Skipworth ... Grand Duchess Emilie
Arthur Byron ... General Krish
Paul Cavanagh ... Prince Keri of Zalgar
Ethel Griffies ... Zana
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Seminoff
Warburton Gamble ... Alex
Edwin Maxwell ... Mob Leader
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A princess is torn between her royal obligations and her love for a handsome Frenchman.

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On Her Wedding Night She Gave Her Love to...Another Man (Print Ad- Gazette and Bulletin,((Williamsport, Penna.)) 1 February 1933)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Queen Was in the Parlor See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Princess Nadya: [to Claudette Colbert] You must summon together all that splendid courage I've seen you display in the past.
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Romance interesting for Mitchell Leisen's unofficial debut as director
27 April 2008 | by allans-7See all my reviews

This movie is credited as being directed by Stuart Walker, but apparently most of the credit can be given to Mitchell Leisen in what is effectively his debut as director (he is down as assistant director).

Given their respective careers this is not so hard to believe. Leisen had a much more notable career but for the most part is not so well known today with most of his 40+ movies unavailable commercially. A recent release of two of his most well known - Midnight and Easy Living on DVD is most welcome. I'm going to watch all of his movies as chronologically as possible and post a review on each one on this site.

I found the first part of the movie stunning and skillfully directed with some great out of this world fancy dress costumes. In the second part the movie slows down but with some great interior sets borrowed from some earlier Paramount Lubitsch movies. It is also unmistakeably pre-Code - certain scenes would not be possible not too long into the future.

A youngish Claudette Colbert looks ravishing, but unlike the previous commentators I have never quite seen the romantic appeal of Frederic March. Paul Cavanaugh has a role very much against the usual stereotype, and Alison Skipworth is most enjoyable as Grand Duchess Emilie.

Still worth watching, especially the first part.


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