(1940) Staring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in their sixth film:
USA-July 19, 1940; Sweden-Februay 4, 1941; Finland-April 13, 1941; Denmark-
June 29, 1951)
Set just after the French Revolution, this
operetta tells the story of a duke who gives up his title to further the cause
of equality in his nation's colonies. Pretending to be a servant named Charles
Michon, he travels by ship to New Orleans, and while on board, meets Marianne
de Beaumanoir. Believing he's a naval officer, Marianne falls in love with
Charles, but when his real identity is exposed after they arrive in Louisiana,
she sends him away. Disillusioned and heartbroken, both leave America on
separate vessels, but a sea battle and then a shipwreck brings them together
again. Reunited on a remote island, they come to realize their true feelings
for each other.
Featured songs: "One Kiss," "Wanting You,"
"Lover Come Back to Me," "Stouthearted Men," "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise,"
"Marianne," "Tavern Scene (Take a Flower)," "Gorgeous Alexander," "Funny
Little Sailor Men." "Soon I Will Be Done" -- composer unknown.
This operetta is based on the 1928
Broadway stage production. A different film version, set in Russia, was made
in 1931 starring Grace Moore and Lawrence Tibbett.
Produced and Directed by: Robert Z. Leonard
Screenplay: Robert Arthur and Jacques Deval
(based on the operetta "The New Moon" by Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein
II, Frank Mandel and Lawrence Schwab)
Music Director: Herbert Stothart
Sigmund Romberg and
Oscar Hammerstein II
Choreography: Val Raset
Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons and Eddie
The steamboat sequences were filmed at
Santa Catalina Island, California.
Additional cast: Lorraine Bridges (vocal
stand-in for Jeanette MacDonald), Austin Grant (solo bits on "Stouthearted
Additional credits: Marvin Stuart (assistant
director), Hugh Boswell (assistant director).