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Rosalie (1937)

West Point cadet Dick Thorpe falls in love with a girl, who turns out to be a princess from an European kingdom.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke (as W.S. Van Dyke II)

Writers:

William Anthony McGuire (based on the play by) (as Wm. Anthony McGuire), Guy Bolton (based on the play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nelson Eddy ... Dick Thorpe
Eleanor Powell ... Rosalie
Frank Morgan ... King
Edna May Oliver ... Queen
Ray Bolger ... Bill Delroy
Ilona Massey ... Brenda
Billy Gilbert ... Oloff
Reginald Owen ... Chancellor
Tom Rutherford Tom Rutherford ... Prince Paul
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Captain Banner
Virginia Grey ... Mary Callahan
George Zucco ... General Maroff
Oscar O'Shea ... Mr. Callahan
Jerry Colonna ... Joseph
Janet Beecher ... Miss Baker
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Storyline

West Point cadet Dick Thorpe falls in love with a girl, who turns out to be a princess from an European kingdom.

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Genres:

Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hoheit tanzt inkognito See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The electricity bill for the Drum Dance scene was, according to some rumours in the region of $30,000. According to some sources 1,500 extras were used in the Drum Dance scene, making the costumes for them took almost a month. See more »

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During the 'drum dance' sequence there are three rows of huge drums all sounding together. The drum sticks on the front row are synchronized so that they all hit the drum at the same time. The drum sticks in the second and third rows are out of synch with the first row yet their sound is in synch. See more »

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Dick Thorpe: I'm your dream soldier reporting for duty.
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Soundtracks

Danse russe (Allegro giusto)
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Rosalie of Romanza
14 December 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Rosalie marked Nelson Eddy's first starring film without Jeanette MacDonald. That being the case MGM certainly didn't want Mr. Eddy to wander too far afield. If Nelson couldn't swap high notes with his co-star Eleanor Powell than at least all the kittenish banter that also characterized the Eddy-MacDonald movies was certainly left in tact.

MGM obviously bought this property after looking at the success Warner Brothers was having with Dick Powell in Flirtation Walk and Shipmates Forever. Powell was in his mid 30s when he did those roles as a cadet and midshipman respectively. Nelson Eddy was also in his 30s, in fact three years older than Dick Powell. But he looks like a man in his 30s and doesn't quite come off believably as a cadet.

That being said, movie audiences came to hear Nelson Eddy sing and MGM which scrapped the original score which was done by both Sigmund Romberg and George Gershwin, got Cole Porter to write a new one. And it's a good one. The title song Rosalie became a big hit, recorded by a number of artists and the classic In the Still of the Night is from this film. Oddly enough, probably because Nelson Eddy was so identified with operetta, these two Cole Porter songs never became identified with him per se.

Nelson also got the infinitely more talented Eleanor Powell as a co-star where Powell had Ruby Keeler for both his movies. MGM went whole hog on glamour with her numbers, probably the most spectacular she ever did on screen. She's also far more believable as a princess than Eddy as a cadet.

Supporting Eddy as his best friend and fellow cadet was Ray Bolger who has one dance number near a crate of fireworks which he accidentally sets off and sets off an revolution. Movies never knew quite what to do with Bolger. He certainly didn't have the look of a hero and most of his film roles were comedic supporting parts. On Broadway he was a big star and was the lead in such great hits as On Your Toes, By Jupiter, Charley's Aunt and The All American, only Charley's Aunt of which he did on screen.

Of course no one can talk about the supporting cast without mentioning two of the great players in studio era Hollywood. Frank Morgan and Edna May Oliver played off each other beautifully as Eleanor Powell's parents, the King and Queen of Romanza. Horsefaced faced Edna May Oliver played so many harridans in her career she practically took a patent out on those parts. That was one formidable lady on screen.

Complementing her completely was Frank Morgan's also copyrighted picture of befuddlement. Having read enough history to know that a whole lot of monarchs WERE as confused and befuddled as Morgan, lends a ring of authenticity to his role. He appeared almost exclusively for MGM in his career and was never bad in anything he did.

Rosalie was a prime example of the delightful nonsense that Hollywood used to do so well.


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