Production Company: Paramount
Top Billed Actors: Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins
IMDb Rating: 7.9
*Best Picture Nominee*
Won 0 Oscars
Nominated for 1 Oscar:
Plot: An ordinary lieutenant finds himself married to a woman he doesn't love, until she updates her lingerie. Then he's all for it.
The biggest positive I gleamed from this movie is the music. Hearing an orchestra expand upon themes from the songs that the actors sing throughout the film kept me engaged throughout. The actual songs that are sung are not that memorable, but because they are not too lengthy, they never became a burden on the pace of the film. I did find myself humming along every other song or so.
In between songs, the film did appear rather weak in several departments. The plot is very simple. Chevalier's character winks at his girlfriend while a princess rides by. She thinks the lieutenant is laughing at her so she demands an explanation. Chevalier doesn't want to be punished for breaking ranks so he lies and tells her he is affectionate towards the princess. BAM - a boring love triangle. I also did not like any of the songs. They are infrequent so when one comes up, it seems out of place. The comedy is not very funny as well. Perhaps it is because the times have changed, but this movie does not live up to its comedy genre.
Overall, this Lubitsch musical propels film to another level, with its inclusion of music in every scene. It is a refreshing change of pace from the quieter films of the early 1930s. However, some strange jokes and unmemorable songs hold it back.
My Score: 6/10