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Love Me Forever (1935)

A man who loves an aspiring opera singer is prepared to sacrifice everything to help her with her career, even though he knows she doesn't love him.

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Victor Schertzinger (story "On Wings of Song"), Jo Swerling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Grace Moore ... Margaret Howard
Leo Carrillo ... Steve Corelli
Robert Allen ... Phillip Cameron
Spring Byington ... Clara Fields
Michael Bartlett ... Michael Bartlett
Luis Alberni ... Luigi
Douglass Dumbrille ... Miller
Thurston Hall ... Maurizio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edmund Burns ... Polo Player (scenes deleted)
Dick Gordon ... Polo Player (scenes deleted)
Arnold Gray ... Polo Player (scenes deleted)
Charles R. Moore ... Janitor (scenes deleted)
Jack Mulhall ... Gambler (scenes deleted)
Blue Washington ... Doorman (scenes deleted)
Lloyd Whitlock Lloyd Whitlock ... Gambler (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Margaret Howard, a singer from a once-wealthy family but now penniless, becomes the protégé of Steve Corelli, wealthy nightclub owner and gambler. He falls in love with her. Corelli is an ardent music lover and hopes to see Margaret singing on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. To make this possible for her, Corelli sacrifices everything, to the extent of plunging himself into bankruptcy. But just as he has secured a Metropolitan contract for her, she also announces her intentions to marry Philip Cameron. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She Brings You the Grandest of All Musical Romances! (original poster)

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ljubi me! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Love Me Forever
Music by Victor Schertzinger
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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One of Grace Moore's better films, sadly also her most obscure
25 October 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Love Me Forever' is alongside 'Louise' and 'One Night of Love' one of Grace Moore's best. This said, while disappointed with 'When You're in Love' (despite it having Cary Grant in it) all of Moore's films are worth seeing at least once.

Sadly, 'Love Me Forever' (or 'On Wings of Song' in the UK) is also her most obscure and it doesn't deserve to be. It is very hard to find, saw it myself on a very old worn out cassette found when sorting through old videos in the attic and decided to watch it on a Grace Moore binge. The song is pure corn admittedly and there are a few moments where it gets sappy.

However, the production values are elegance and sumptuousness personified all round, and Schertzinger directs adeptly. It is very hard to put into words how good the music is, and 'Love Me Forever' also is one of the more successful of her films in how opera is integrated into the storyline. The 'La Boheme' duet and the title song are particularly noteworthy here, and the 'Rigoletto' Quartet is done cleverly.

The script is funny and smart, a standout being the opening, with some tenderness and poignancy, most of it apart from the odd moment avoids the sappy factor.

Moore sings sublimely, and this is the film where every song/aria suits her voice without problem. She is a natural comedienne too, and she delights and charms effortlessly. Leo Carrillo is a splendid leading man, combining comedy and pathos with great skill, while Luis Alberni and Spring Byington are riots in their roles.

Overall, it is sad that 'Love Me Forever' is obscure and hard to find, as it's a very entertaining and beautifully done film and one of Moore's best. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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