Love Me Tonight (1932)
Love Me Tonight (1932)
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as Maurice 'Baron' Courtelin
as Princess Jeanette
as Count de Savignac
as Viscount de Varese
as Viscount Gilbert de Varèze
as Countess Vantine
as The Duke
as Dr. Armand de Fontinac
as Major-Domo Flamond
as Madame Dutoit, Dressmaker
as Bakery Girl
as Taxi Driver
as Madame Dupont
as Pierre Dupont
as Bridge Player
Critic Reviews for Love Me Tonight
Hollywood's first musical masterpiece...pushed the limits of conventional narrative filmmaking until they just about broke.
Musicals don't come any better than this madcap one directed by the great Armenian-born Hollywood director Rouben Mamoulian.
A delight from start to finish and a film that no fan of the movies has any excuse for missing.
Audience Reviews for Love Me Tonight
I really liked this movie, one of Chevalier's best. Plus it has an early performance from Myrna Loy, who is just perfect. The whole cast is great. The movie is really hilarious and has good romance and comedy balanced together with a nice story. I recommend seeing it.
Maurice Chevalier stars as a tailor who, in order to collect a debt from an aristocrat customer, poses as a baron (and falls in love with a princess). Of course, at some point the truth must come out, and then we find out if true love will prevail over a little white lie. No, you don't have to watch many romantic comedies to know this storyline is well-worn, but "Love Me Tonight" isn't like those other movies. It's an absurdist musical. The princess (Jeanette MacDonald) has a stuffy old uncle, the Viscount (Charles Ruggles), and the songs he sings have lyrics like "I'd rather throw a bomb at her than have her wed a commoner" in them. There's also some references to "Macbeth" thrown in, as well as an amazing, sprawling version of "Isn't It Romantic?" that was so well done it might've been 20 years ahead of its' time. If you're unfamiliar with Maurice Chevalier, or only know him from "Gigi", you might be surprised by the amount of charisma the guy gives off (or maybe not, if you're familiar with "Pepe le Pew", his homage). The last five minutes or so, with it's rousing songs ("the son-of-a-gun is nothing but a tailor!") and outstanding slapstick, could easily hold it's place with any Marx brothers movie, and the overall charm and character of this film should convince you it deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the other great musicals of that era.
a really charming pre-code musical. i'm not the biggest fan of chevalier or of jeanette macdonald's operatic style, but this won me over. clever staging of musical numbers, ribald humor and a young myrna loy too! thx sarega :)
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