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New Moon (1940)

On a Louisiana-bound ship, a nobleman planning a campaign for liberty encounters an heiress.

Directors:

Robert Z. Leonard, W.S. Van Dyke (uncredited)

Writers:

Oscar Hammerstein II (book), Frank Mandel (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Marianne de Beaumanoir
Nelson Eddy ... Charles
Mary Boland ... Valerie de Rossac
George Zucco ... Vicomte Ribaud
H.B. Warner ... Father Michel
Grant Mitchell ... Governor of New Orleans
Stanley Fields ... Tambour
Dick Purcell ... Alexander
John Miljan ... Pierre Brugnon
Ivan F. Simpson ... Guizot
William Tannen ... Pierre
Bunty Cutler Bunty Cutler ... Julie
Claude King ... Monsieur Dubois
Cecil Cunningham ... Governor's Wife
Joe Yule ... Maurice
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Storyline

Marianne de Beaumaniour is on her way to New Orleans from Paris to inspect the plantation she inherited from her uncle. On the ship with her are bondsmen, that are to be sold for slavery. Charles, Duc de Villiers, a political enemy of the king, is also aboard posing as a bondsman. Charles is bought by Marianne's plantation manager and she is quickly taken by Charles' charm. Marianne soon discovers Charles' true-identity and she sets him free, before the French officers find him. Marianne decides to sail back to Paris with the Police Captain on the ship, 'New Moon', but they must first stop at Martinique. After Martinique, the ship is invaded by pirates. Marianne is shocked to see that Charles is the leader. That night, a fierce storm occurs, and everyone is ship-wrecked. Now, Charles is the leader and the fun begins... Written by Kelly

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An eyeful of beauty, a heartful of singing thrill! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lover Come Back See more »

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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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Trivia

In the film as originally shot, Buster Keaton appears in a comic relief supporting part as the prisoner "Lulu". This would have been his first official appearance in an MGM feature production since Louis B Mayer fired him in February 1933. Several stills survive of Keaton in this role, in a scene with Jeanette MacDonald. Although Keaton's scenes were cut before the film was released, he is still visible in the background during several production numbers - particularly "Stout Hearted Men" See more »

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After the Governor's Ball, Marianne converses with her Head Servant. She addresses him as Guinot. His name is Guizot. See more »

Quotes

Charles Duc de Villiers: Anger makes you very charming, mademoiselle.
Marianne de Beaumanoir: Patronizing makes you very boring, monsieur.
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Featured in Nelson and Jeanette (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

One Kiss
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Jeanette MacDonald
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A Lovely Escape
4 January 2003 | by ceciminoSee all my reviews

This movie is lighthearted and a joy to be "lost in" for an evening. The music and singing perfectly complimented an intricate plot. The quality of Nelson Eddy's and Jeanette McDonald's is incredible, and they take you from the depths of sadness and loss to triumph and joyful reunion throughout the show. Nelson Eddy is as dashing and handsome as any leading man in the 21st century, and Jeanette McDonald's beauty is unrivaled. Both have central roles in a plot that twists and turns, and play them well, intelligently, believably. All the supporting cast is enthusiastic and funny, and add to the energy and drive of the story. The story is clean and innocent which was very refreshing. At the same time it is compelling, engaging and will remain in one's mind for days afterward. A wonderful surprise of a movie, one that I will keep in my movie library for years to come.


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