This film tends to be a bit forgotten nowadays and seems to get lost in the light of all the sumptous McDonald/Eddy vechicles that followed. But it must be remembered that Janette McDonald started off her illustrious MGM career as Ramon Novarro's leading lady in "The Cat and the Fiddle"At the time of release, because it was a very expensive production the film actually lost money at the box office but time has quite rightly redeemed it and it's a most enjoyable film full of great music,lavish sets, both lea..
Besides "Mata-Hari" this is the only talkie starring Ramon Novarro, available, in vhs or dvd format, on the market, and thus one of the only chances to hear his pleasant voice and to check what a fine actor he was . Personally, I'd only seen previously, the aforementioned "Mata Hari" and the blockbuster silent "Ben-Hur" (1926). Here Novarro plays Victor, a young struggling composer who lives in Brussels, where he meets and falls in love with american Shirley, played by Jeanette MacDonald, in her first featu..
Although mostly forgotten, this is a really fun excursion back into 1934. In Brussels, failed composer Victor (Silent star Ramon Navarro, in a finely etched performance) is running from a restaurateur when he hops into a taxi occupied by Shirley (Jeanette). That's. She haughtily asks him to find his own cab but he turns on the charm. They find they are living next door to each other in matching 'pensions'...The Kern-Harbach score is lovely: the most memorable tune being ONE MOMENT ALONE. There is also an ..