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New Moon (1940)

Passed | | Musical, Romance, Adventure | 28 June 1940 (USA)
On a Louisiana-bound ship, a nobleman planning a campaign for liberty encounters an heiress.


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


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


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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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Release Date:

28 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lover Come Back See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"New Moon" opened at the Imperial Theatre on September 19, 1928 and ran for 509 performances. See more »


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


Charles Duc de Villiers: Anger makes you very charming, mademoiselle.
Marianne de Beaumanoir: Patronizing makes you very boring, monsieur.
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Paree (Stranger in Paris)
(1940) (uncredited)
Based on "Take a Flower" in the Tavern Scene (1928) (uncredited)
Music by Sigmund Romberg
New Lyricst unknown
Performed by Jeanette MacDonald
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Stars looking a bit mature,but in excellent voice
12 April 2002 | by saustinSee all my reviews

Saw this on Friday,13 December 1940 in Birmingham,a wonderful escape from the intense bombing. Eddy comes again in very fine voice,but not quite up to the standard of "Naughty Marietta," the first of the duo's film operettas. He has obviously gained significant weight: for example, he navigates with difficulty the gunwale of a ship which his comrades and he are attacking with strangely no casualties. The hit song in this operetta,which would not,I think,benefit from color because most of its takes are either at night or interiors, is "Wanting You",which the duo pulls off quite nicely.However,his emotional reactions during this piece,although adequate at the embrace,appear rather automatic,and do not compare with Allan Jones' tenderness in "Tomorrow is another day" (Day at Races,1937) or even the Red Shadow's pouring out his heart in the dated 1929 "Desert Song".His acting skills leave something to be desired:he turns his back on Jeanette during her vocal response,and shows deficiencies in emotional reaction. There is a marked antiquatedness in the dialog as in Jeanettes"I'll try my powers" when asked to sing "Paris" at the film's beginning, or her "Spare your minions!" when offered help in the captured ship. At times they are distinctly looking their ages.He is no longer the angular, gangling young Captain Warrington (lean and muscular) of "Naughty Marietta",but considerably "filled out." All the same,this is delightful escapist musical romance,with pirates, secret police,the French Revolution,sailing gunboats,Caribbean Islands,moonlight and beaches etc. I would strongly recommend this as a video played through an equalizer and amplifier perhaps with a sub-woofer,since the MGM musical recording is extremely good for the time.Romberg's operetta is not as classic as Herbert's "Naughty Marietta" and something is lost from the stage version with all its colorful choruses,reprises,but this is made up for in action and motion not practicable on the stage.

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