The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)





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Based on the stage musical by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach, The Cat and the Fiddle stars Jeanette MacDonald as a music student and Ramon Novarro as a struggling composer. When the leading lady walks out of Victor's (Novarro) upcoming operetta, the star's husband pulls his financial support. The leading man ankles the production shortly thereafter, compelling Victor to play the role himself. All this scenario needs is fair Shirley (MacDonald) as the last minute-replacement for the missing leading lady -- but Shirley has given up music to marry philandering (but wealthy) Daudet (Frank Morgan). The fact that the film's final scene was lensed in Technicolor should indicate whether or not Shirley comes to Victor's rescue. Only one song from the original stage production of The Cat and the Fiddle was used in the film version; the remaining (and forgettable) tunes were penned by Kern and Harbach exclusively for the film.
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Frank Morgan
as Daudet
Jean Hersholt
as Professor Bertier
Jeanette MacDonald
as Shirley Sheridan
Ramon Novarro
as Victor Florescu
Frank Conroy
as Theater Owner
Henry Armetta
as Taxi driver
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Critic Reviews for The Cat and the Fiddle

All Critics (1)

Only the music is solid.

Full Review… | August 10, 2013
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Audience Reviews for The Cat and the Fiddle


MacDonald & Novarro are an awkward pairing, but the story is pleasant and the songs (including "She Didn't Say Yes") are lovely.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

If you know me at all well, you will know that I am not a fan of musicals and of all the musicals I've seen only one or two of them I thought was good. Cat and Fiddle doesn't change this opinion. The actors weren't even good singers and it feels way longer than only 90 minutes.

Alex Suszko
Alex Suszko

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