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Moulin Rouge (1934)

A singer marries a famous composer, and after a while she gets the itch to go back on the stage. However, her husband won't let her. When she hears that a popular French singer named "... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Helen Hall / Raquel
Franchot Tone ... Douglas Hall
Tullio Carminati ... Victor Le Maire
Helen Westley ... Mrs. Morris
Andrew Tombes ... McBride
Russ Brown Russ Brown ... Joe
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Drunk
Georges Renavent Georges Renavent ... Frenchman
Fuzzy Knight ... Eddie
Russ Columbo ... Russ Columbo
Connee Boswell ... Connee Boswell
Martha Boswell ... Martha Boswell
Vet Boswell ... Vet Boswell
Ivan Lebedeff ... Ramon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mischa Auer ... Sculptor (scenes deleted)


A singer marries a famous composer, and after a while she gets the itch to go back on the stage. However, her husband won't let her. When she hears that a popular French singer named "Raquel" is coming to New York, she decides to go to Raquel with a plan--unbeknownst to her husband, "Raquel" is actually her sister, and her plan is for them to switch places so she can fulfill her dream of going back on the stage. However, things don't go quite as planned. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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SHE FOOLED HER HUSBAND...and lead him astray...with her! Here's a daringly different love drama with melody, spectacle, girls! (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 1 March 1934)


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

19 January 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Het meisje van de Moulin Rouge See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's songs were penned by Harry Warren and Al Dubin on the heels of their prolific, back-to-back scores for 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933 and Footlight Parade, all produced in 1933. Under contract to Warner Bros., this film was one of only two loan-outs for the team. The other was Roman Scandals (1933) for producer Samuel Goldwyn. See more »


Helen Hall: What worries me is I never thought of Doug as a... as a...
Mrs. Morris: I believe the technical term is "chaser".
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Referenced in Break of Hearts (1935) See more »


The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Constance Bennett in rehearsal
Reprised by Constance Bennett and chorus in the show finale
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Amusing comedy romance with some song and dance
21 March 2018 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"Moulin Rouge" is a comedy romance and musical revue film. Typical of the musicals of the day, its plot revolves around the stage and a Broadway production. Those types of musicals generally had very little plot - just enough to pull together various song and dance numbers. However, this "Moulin Rouge" differs. The plot is front and center here, with the song and dance numbers almost as fill.

The story is a love triangle of sorts. As Molly Morris says, it's a "two-sided triangle." Constance Bennett plays a double role. She is Helen Hall and also Raquel, who was a vaudeville partner in a sister act years before. She says they weren't real sisters but look-alikes.

Franchot Tone and Constance Bennett work well together in this comedy, and Tullio Carminati is a good third person for the humor. Tone is Douglas Hall, a playwright who has been married to Helen Hall for four years. However, Helen wants to return to the stage. When she swaps places with her former look-alike stage partner, Raquel, she complicates her marriage to Hall further.

The scrip is written so that this never becomes too serious a problem, and instead it provides for more of the comedy. It's not a great comedy by any means, but an enjoyable little film for the humor and romance. Although Bennett also sang, and there are a couple of good songs and some dance numbers, the musical part of this film is mostly forgettable. The fun is in the on-again, off-again romance between the two leads whose characters are madly in love.

Franchot Tone was a very talented actor who played in a variety of films, from comedy and romance to drama and mystery. His best work was in the 1930s and 1940s. His later years were spent mostly in TV series and films in supporting roles. Constance Bennett was one of the early leading ladies of sound films. She too was very talented in a variety of films. The sister of Joan Bennett, she slowed down at mid-career in the 1940s after marrying her fourth husband, an Air Force colonel. She traveled with her career husband and was active in entertaining WW II occupational troops after the war and during the Berlin Airlift. Her husband, John Coulter, reached the rank of Brig. General, and survived Bennet after 21 years of marriage. She was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, and may be one of the only performers buried there, and most likely the only actress.

Here are some favorite lines from this film.

Molly Morris (Helen Westley), after Helen impersonating Raquel points her out as her maid, Fifi, says, "Fifi! Sound like a lap dog."

Douglas Hall, "I wouldn't have your mind for anything on earth. It is shallow. It's loathsome." Victor Le Maire, "I know, Doug. Forgive me."

Helen Hall, "Molly, I'm a fool." Molly Morris, "Afraid he will, or afraid he won't?" Helen, "Oh, I don't know."

Molly Morris, "Well, I've seen some queer things in my time, but this is my first view of a two-sided triangle."

Douglas Hall, "Vickie, Helen's one of the finest girls in the world. Do you understand that?" Victor Le Maire, "Of course, Doug, but..." Douglas Hall, "But there's two sides to every question. I love her. I love her very much. But, but... do I love her enough? That's the question, Vickie. Do I love her enough?" Victor Le Maire, "Really, Doug. I oughta just go." Douglas Hall, "It's a big step. A mighty big step. Bermuda! Who wants to see Bermuda? Why, I can see Bermuda anytime I want. I don't have to... you see what I mean, Vickie?" Victor Le Marie, "I guess so, Doug. What are you talking about?" Douglas Hall, "I guess you're right after all. Thanks, Vickie. Thanks a thousand times" Victor slinks away and takes off.

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