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Music in the Air (1934)

Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy angle when a naive young couple comes along.

Director:

Joe May

Writers:

Jerome Kern (play), Oscar Hammerstein II (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gloria Swanson ... Frieda Hotzfelt
John Boles ... Bruno Mahler
Douglass Montgomery ... Karl Roder
June Lang ... Sieglinde Lessing
Al Shean ... Dr. Walter Lessing
Reginald Owen ... Ernst Weber
Joseph Cawthorn ... Hans Uppman
Hobart Bosworth ... Cornelius
Sara Haden ... Martha
Marjorie Main ... Anna
Roger Imhof Roger Imhof ... Burgomaster
Jed Prouty ... Kirschner
Christian Rub ... Zipfelhuber
Fuzzy Knight ... Nick
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Storyline

Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy angle when a naive young couple comes along.

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Glamorous romance with munificent settings and eye-dazzling spectacles! (original poster) See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liebesreigen See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Broadway musical "Music in the Air" opened at the Alvin Theatre (New York City) on November 8, 1932 and ran for 342 performances. See more »

Quotes

Frieda Hotzfelt: [Frieda and Bruno enter, bickering; Frieda is cradling a Pekinese dog] ... Yes it is! It's all your fault.
Bruno Mahler: What do you mean it's my fault? He started it. Pogo just bit me.
Frieda Hotzfelt: Well what if he did? You made faces at him.
Bruno Mahler: No, he made faces at me first
Frieda Hotzfelt: [petting the dog] Little precious. Did naughty Bruno frighten you? My little Pogo... my sweet darling.
Frieda Hotzfelt: [they see Karl holding an office assistant up by the ankles so she can reach the top of a cupboard] Did you see that?
Bruno Mahler: Probably raised on goats' milk!
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with a long shot of a mountain, and the title "Music in the Air" wafts in as if blown there by a mountain wind. See more »

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Featured in Out of My Dreams: Oscar Hammerstein II (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

We Belong Together
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Douglass Montgomery (dubbed by Dave O'Brien) and June Lang (dubbed by Betty Heistand)
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Swanson Puts the Music in the Air
26 July 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Pleasant musical comedy from the stage given a big boost by terrific performances by Gloria Swanson and John Boles. They play a bickering couple who get involved with a naive younger couple from an alpine village. And all the bickering revolves around a new operetta and who will play what parts. Familiar plot and OK music. The real attraction is the funny and charming performance by Swanson in the last starring film of her 20-year reign in Hollywood. Like Indiscreet and Tonight or Never, this should have been a hit but Hollywood legend tells us that after The Trespasser, Swanson's next five talkies flopped. Why? Her films were well made and her voice was superb. She had a singing voice reminiscent of Irene Dunne's. Music in the Air was a hit on Broadway, but who knows what was cut for the film version. The stars are joined by a solid supporting cast: Douglass Montgomery (better than usual), June Lang, Al Shean, Jed Prouty, Joseph Cawthorne, Reginald Owen, Marjorie Main, Sara Haden.

Swanson and Boles (usually so stiff) have so much fun as they throw themselves into their roles it's hard to resist. The two had starred in the 1927 silent film, The Love of Sunya. Hard to understand today why Swanson's career crashed. She made one other film between this one and her great success in Sunset Boulevard in 1950.

This may be the Hollywood debuts for German director Joe May and writer Billy Wilder! So although Music in the Air was a flop in 1934, in 1949 when Wilder was searching for the perfect Norma Desmond, Swanson's name was at the top of the list. Legend has it Mae West was the first choice for the role, but Swanson got and turned in the film performance of the century.


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