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New Moon (1940)

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Previously filmed in 1930 with Lawrence Tibbett and Grace Moore, the robust Sigmund Romberg operetta New Moon was given another airing in 1940 as Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald vehicle. Set in 18th century Louisiana, the story concerns the relationship between haughty plantation owner Marianne de Beaumanoir (MacDonald) and her handsome bondservant Charles (Eddy). Actually a French nobleman in disguise, Charles leads his fellow bondsman in revolt, commandeering a ship and heading out to sea. He ends up capturing a vessel carrying Marianne and a cargo of mail-order brides. Though the bondsmen and the brides get along just fine, the romance between Marianne and Charles is noticeably strained, but the French Revolution comes along to solve everyone's problems. The soaring Romberg musical score includes such favorites as "One Kiss", "Stout-Hearted Men" and "Lover Come Back to Me", all performed con brio by the stars. Comedian Buster Keaton, whose supporting role was cut from the final release print of New Moon, can still be glimpsed among the bondsmen.

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Jeanette MacDonald
as Marianne de Beaumanoir
Nelson Eddy
as Charles, Duc de Villiers
Mary Boland
as Valerie de Rossac
George Zucco
as Vicomte de Ribaud
H.B. Warner
as Father Michel
Dick Purcell
as Alexander
Bunty Cutler
as Julie the Maid
Grant Mitchell
as Governor of New Orleans
John Miljan
as Pierre Brugnon, Overseer
George Irving
as Ship Captain
Edwin Maxwell
as Capt. de Jean
Paul E. Burns
as Guard on Ship
Cecil Cunningham
as Governor's Wife
Claude King
as Mons. Dubois
Rafael Storm
as De Piron
Buster Keaton
as Prisoner "LuLu"
Robert Warwick
as Commissar
Sarah Edwards
as Marquise della Rosa
George Lloyd
as Quartermaster
Edward Hearn
as Bondsman
Nick Copeland
as Bondsman
Gino Corrado
as Bondsman
Fred Graham
as Bondsman
Ralph Dunn
as Bondsman
Harry Strang
as Bondsman
Ray Teal
as Bondsman
Ted Oliver
as Bondsman
Ed O'Neill
as Lookout
Joe Yule
as Maurice
Max Marx
as Officer
Jack Perrin
as Officer
Claire Rochelle
as Drunken Girl
Bea Nigro
as Guest
Dorothy Granger
as Fat Bridesmaid
David Alison
as Troubadour
Joe Dominguez
as Wounded Bondsman
Forbes Murray
as Commandant
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