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Nina Maria Azara is the beautiful and alluring singing spy for Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Her mission is to seduce French Officers, in order for them to reveal Napolean's intentions ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screen play), Albert Hackett (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Nina Maria Azara
Allan Jones ... Don Diego
Warren William ... Major de Rouchemont
Billy Gilbert ... Innkeeper
Douglass Dumbrille ... Marquis de Melito (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Henry Daniell ... General Savary
Leonard Penn ... Etienne
Tom Rutherford ... King Ferdinard (as Tom Rutherfurd)
Belle Mitchell ... Lola
George Zucco ... Secret Service Chief
Corbet Morris ... Duval (as Corbett Morris)
Matthew Boulton ... Wellington
Robert Spindola Robert Spindola ... Juan
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Nina Maria Azara is the beautiful and alluring singing spy for Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Her mission is to seduce French Officers, in order for them to reveal Napolean's intentions toward Spain. She is sent to Bayonne, France to gather military secrets. Prior to this, she meets, Don Diego while performing at a club. Unknown to her, Don Diego is actually Captain Andre, who is sent to Spain to spy on her. While in France, Nina discovers Diego's true identity, only after she has fallen in love with him. Nina Maria outwits her potential captors and returns to Spain, and goes into hiding. Napoleon's troops invade Spain, resulting in Nina's capture. In a strange twist of fate, Nina and Captain Andre are reunited, but, the 2 nations are now at war... Written by Kelly

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Jeanette MacDonald In Her Successor To "Maytime" See more »


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Trivia

The original release prints featured color tinting of sequences in Sepia-Blue, Sepia-Orange, or Sepia-Blue-Pink. Unfortunately, only plain black-and-white re-issue prints have been used for VHS and DVD releases and for TV broadcasts. See more »

Goofs

In one scene, women dance to a piece by Russian composer Korsakov. He was born in 1844, decades after Napoleon's era. See more »

Quotes

Don Diego: You have one bad habit.
Nina Maria Azara: Oh, yes? What?
Don Diego: You're always saying good-bye.
Nina Maria Azara: Very well then, I won't say good-bye. I'll just go!
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Crazy Credits

Each time the dancing girls dance across the screen, a new screen credit is revealed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hard to Get (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Donkey Serenade
(uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by Allan Jones
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"In Her Voice There's A Flaw" (but only in the song)
31 December 2006 | by guidon7See all my reviews

Wonderful mix of music, romance and comedy but I concede a trifle too long, the length however acceptable with these two. Jeanette MacDonald could do everything; sing beautifully, act as well and surprisingly (I just watched this one after many years) a gifted dancer. MacDonald and Jones are quite compatible and I can see where, had fate taken a hand, it could have been these two and not Nelson Eddy, not to downgrade Nelson's resonant baritone in any way. Allan Jones was a better actor, and was one of the finest tenors in movie history. There was one brief comic bit I found hilarious -- it was so short it may have been overlooked by many. Don Diego (Allan Jones) is singing the famous Donkey Serenade to MacDonald as she rides along in a coach. He sings the line "But try as she may, in her voice there's a flaw", to this jibe at her voice, Jeanette's displeasure shows in a grimace! The expert supporting cast is up to MGM'S standards; Warren William, Billy Gilbert, George Zucco, Douglas Dumbrille, Henry Daniell and even a one-line appearance by Ralph Byrd (a.k.a. Dick Tracy in the 1940's). I highly recommend this film, especially to fans of light operetta. The music is delightful and Jeanette and Allan give it their all. Jones' last appearance was a 1980 role on the Love Boat TV program. Upon retirement from the screen (big screen and little) he became a dentist, quite a surprise. I wonder if he sang for his patients? If he did I'm sure his waiting list was the envy of his fellow dentists.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tarantella See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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