Production Company: Paramount Pictures
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Top Billed Actors: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Genevieve Tobin
IMDb Rating: 7.4
*Best Picture Nominee*
Won 0 Oscars
Nominated for 1 more:
Plot: A Parisian doctor cheats on his wife with her best friend right under her nose, so they sing songs, kiss, and make up.
I did enjoy some of the music in this one. The songs can be catchy and there is some musical score that plays in the film even when there is no singing. This is a noticeable step forward as, even in 1932, most films appear rather quiet when compared to today's movies. The comedy is also funny at times. In one scene, the professor (played by Roland Young) is speaking in a high pitch voice to his wife while explaining to his detective (he is trying to get a divorce) that they are both lying to each other. It almost feels like a Mel Brooks moment.
However, some of the music and jokes fell rather flat. Perhaps it is because I recently watched Lubitsch's other two films from this project or perhaps it is due to Lubitsch's formula getting old, but everything in this movie is rather dull and contrived. If I watched this as a stand alone feature I might have enjoyed it more. But after The Love Parade and The Smiling Lieutenant I just wanted it to end. The story is nonexistent and the pacing is lethargic. The plot most suits a sitcom rather than a feature length movie. I also don't like when Chevalier and MacDonald break the fourth wall. Spoiler alert: the message of the movie is just relationship advice.
Overall, this 1930's rom-com is definitely not for me. The music and comedy are pleasing at times, but I am glad the Lubitsch-Chevalier movies have come to an end for this project.
My Score: 5/10