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Gypsy Night (1935)

Gypsies sing and dance around the fire while their children dream.

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(as Joseph Berne),

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(story), (story) (as Joseph Berne)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Jo Mathews ... Gypsy
Joseph Mario ... Gypsy
Ilia Khmara ... Gypsy
Perry Askam ... Gypsy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Unger
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Storyline

Around a gypsy campfire in Russia, musicians play and sing, women dance, and children get into trouble. A toymaker shows off his animated puppets, two mildly misbehaving boys dream of playful elves and a forest full of faeries, and the adults make music and love. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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dream | dance | children | gypsy | puppet | See All (42) »

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Short | Musical | Romance

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Approved
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Release Date:

12 January 1935 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Dark Eyes
English language version of Russian folk song "Otchi Tchorniya"
Performed by various cast members
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Gypsies are nice folks...just try to ignore their hellish puppets!
9 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

This is a short film from MGM that is in very vivid Three-Color Technicolor--the first truly full color film used in movies beginning about 1934. Up until then, color films were two-color varieties-- such as Two-Color Technicolor and Cinecolor...and the pictures looked rather orangey green. So, it's obvious when you watch the film that it is very pretty.

The film has little in the way of plot...just lots of singing by some stereotypical MGM Gypsies (yes, I know the appropriate modern PC term is Romani...don't hate on me for using the language of the day). Two little kids hang with these folks...and it isn't certain if they are Gypsies or not. Some of the songs are clearly intended for kids and they are all okay. However, there also are some singing puppets made of papier-mâché that are amazingly creepy as they sing...so creepy that instead of seeing the Romani as good people, they may have created a whole new generation who distrusts them! To make things worse, demons then appear and torment the kids, as they apparently are brats and deserve to have awful nightmares.

So is it any good? Well, it looks nice. Other than that, it's a rather saccharine thing...with some really creepy moments as well as many dull ones (how could they make dancing demons dull?!). An odd little curio that is hard to love.


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