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Rose Marie (1954)

Rose Marie (1954)

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1954's Rose Marie is the third film version of the 1924 Otto Harbach-Oscar Hammerstein-Rudolph Frinl operetta of the same name. Though not a completely faithful adaptation, this version is closer to the original than the (admittedly enjoyable) Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald version of 1936. Ann Blyth stars as Rose Marie Lemaitre, a hoydenish French-Canadian lass who is "tamed" by cheerful mountie Mike Malone (Howard Keel). At first, Mike is only interested in using Rose Marie to capture her sweetheart, renegade trapper Duval (Fernando Lamas), but eventually he falls in love with her, and she with him. Counterpointing the romantic main plot are the comic antics of Bert Lahr, who elucidates his sorry lot in life with the song "I'm the Mountie Who Never Gets His Man." The original Rudy Friml score is well in evidence, along with several new Friml compositions and a few extra tunes penned by Georgie Stoll and Herbert Baker. There's also a remarkable "Indian sacrifice" production number spotlighting a young Rita Moreno. Original Cinemascope prints of Rose Marie included a nine-minute prologue, wherein conductor Alfred Wallenstein led the MGM orchestra in a rendition of "Poet and Peasant Overture" (this was evidently inspired by the similar symphonic prologue which opened 20th Century Fox's How to Marry a Millionaire).

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Howard Keel
as Capt. Mike Malone
Ann Blyth
as Rose Marie Lemaitre
Fernando Lamas
as James Severn Duval
Bert Lahr
as Barney McCorkle
Marjorie Main
as Lady Jane Dunstock
Ray Collins
as Insp. Appleby
Chief Yowlachie
as Black Eagle
Thurl Ravenscroft
as Indian Medicine Man
Abel Fernandez
as Indian Warrior
Billy Dix
as Mess Waiter
Al Ferguson
as Woodsman
Sheb Wooley
as Corporal
Dabbs Greer
as Committeeman
John Pickard
as Orderly
John Damler
as Orderly
Pepi Lanzi
as Johnny Lang
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