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Rosalie (1937)

Passed | | Drama, Musical | 24 December 1937 (USA)
West Point cadet Dick Thorpe falls in love with a girl, who turns out to be a princess from an European kingdom.


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


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




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 ... Prince Paul
Clay Clement ... Captain Banner
Virginia Grey ... Mary Callahan
George Zucco ... General Maroff
Oscar O'Shea ... Mr. Callahan
Jerry Colonna ... Joseph
Janet Beecher ... Miss Baker


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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The world's largest night set is introduced in the super-lavish musical, "Rosalie," which co-stars Nelson Eddy and Eleanor Powell for the first time. (Print Ad- Illawarra Mercury, ((Wollongong, NSW)) 13 May 1938)


Drama | Musical


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Frank Morgan who is best well known as Professor Marvel/The Wizard from The Wizard of Oz shares screen time with a fellow cast member from Oz as well in this movie called Rosalie! Ray Bolger, known as the Scarecrow in 'Oz' is the character named Bill in this film. See more »


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 »


Dick Thorpe: Wherever you live has got to be lovely.
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Featured in The Romance of Celluloid (1937) See more »


I've a Strange New Rhythm in My Heart
(1937) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Sung and danced at Vassar by Eleanor Powell (dubbed by Marjorie Lane) with solo sections by Marie Arbuckle, Bernice Alstock, Eleanor Colson, Grace Neilson and Barbara Whitson
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A Mixed Bag
14 March 2006 | by B24See all my reviews

Writing comments about a movie like this one is difficult. The plot and dialogue are atrocious, but the score and visuals are first rate. So one splits the difference and gives it a "5." As some of the few comments thus far have implied, it is a formulaic comedy with loads of prominent character actors of the time reprising roles already played in other movies and on the radio. Audiences in 1937 were for the most part captive to that sort of thing. Diversity of tastes like that of today just did not exist, and everyone going to the movies in small-town America was inclined to go along with the gag mainly because it was literally the only show in town.

When as a lad I paid my 9 cents admission at the box office, I knew I was going to sit through anything they threw at me, including the newsreel at the beginning, the same old cartoons, a dumb serial episode with someone falling off a moving train at the end -- to be continued -- and a main feature in black-and-white that depended more on stock characters and situations than on anything new or scandalous.

Now I watch these same features on Turner Classic Movies with moody nostalgia and total suspension of disbelief. So what if Nelson Eddy at nearly 40 was playing a cadet of half that age? And what about my now knowing that his off-screen person was 180 degrees off the roles he played? His singing is still mesmerizing, an operetta voice the likes of which disappeared ages ago -- indeed a relic of the Nineteenth Century. Even an uncharacteristically inferior Porter tune like "Rosalie" gets a high-class treatment.

Sure, there are better musicals from the 30's, but this one is a piece of history as well as a minor work of art.

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Release Date:

24 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hoheit tanzt inkognito See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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