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Song of Scheherazade (1947)

Approved | | Adventure, Biography, Drama | March 1947 (USA)
In 1865, Russian Navy midshipman Rimsky-Korsakov is inspired by a romantic interlude with a cabaret dancer while on shore leave in Spanish Morocco and writes the symphonic suite Scheherazade.

Director:

Walter Reisch

Writer:

Walter Reisch
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yvonne De Carlo ... Cara de Talavera
Brian Donlevy ... Capt. Vladimir Gregorovitch
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Eve Arden ... Madame de Talavera
Phillip Reed ... Prince Mischetsky
John Qualen ... Lorenzo
Richard Lane ... Lieutenant
George Dolenz ... Pierre, the Headwaiter
Elena Verdugo ... Fioretta
Terry Kilburn ... Midshipman Lorin
Charles Kullmann Charles Kullmann ... Dr. Klin
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Storyline

In 1865, the cadets of a Russian Naval Academy ship have shore leave in Morocco; among them is (fictionalized) future composer 'Nicky' Rimsky-Korsakov. In search of a piano, Nicky and singing ship's doctor Klin meet a family of once-wealthy Spanish colonists...and their daughter Cara who secretly dances in a cabaret. Romantic complications ensue, but Nicky seems less interested in Cara's favors than in inspirations for his future masterpieces. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fandango See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Normally hairy chested Brian Donlevy was forced to undergo complete body waxing for his role in this film. See more »

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Featured in Biography: Yvonne DeCarlo: Gilded Lily (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

GYPSY SONG
Adapted from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics Jack Brooks
Sung by Millo Sheron
Danced by Yvonne De Carlo
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Off to sea on an irresistible tidal-wave of 40s kitsch
17 June 2006 | by mwtstoreySee all my reviews

They don't make films like this any more, they really don't. A Russian training-ship wafts round the Mediterranean under the command of cigarette-swallowing martinet-with-a-heart-of-gold Vladimir Gregorovitch, who stalks the deck in bare chest and tight trousers closely inspecting his motley crew of sea cadets, among them wicked whip-wielding aristo Prince Mischetsky and opera hopeful Nikolas 'Nicky' Rimsky-Korsakov. Nicky and shipmate Klin the Singing Doctor rush ashore at every port in search of a piano. But in the Moroccan villa of the impoverished de Talaveras they get more than a heat-warped keyboard: they get a resourceful scheming mother and café-dancer-in-disguise daughter. The stage is set for a hugely enjoyable extravaganza of romantic melodrama, costumes as camp as they come, luscious set design, overripe orchestrations and homo-erotic undercurrents strong enough to sweep an aircraft-carrier on to the rocks (how did it all get past the censors!). Brian Donlevy (the captain) and Eve Arden (the mother) are incomparably wonderful; Jean-Pierre Aumont makes Nicky an engaging hero, and Yvonne De Carlo (daughter) earns the film its full 10 points by gamely battling through some of the worst choreography and hilariously bad makeup ever put on screen. It takes a real trouper to triumph as a convincing love-interest after having to make her first appearance looking and dancing like a duck in boot-polish (Hollywood's idea of a gypsy femme fatale...)


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