Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Love Me Tonight (1932)

One of the earliest musicals that I have ever seen is the very entertaining film Love Me Tonight that features several notable actors and actresses that would go on and achieve major success. It stars Maurice Chevalier as a Parisian tailor who poses as a nobleman. Jeanette MacDonald as a princess with whom he falls in love with. Also featuring Charles Ruggles as a penniless nobleman with Charles Butterworth and Myrna Loy as members of his family. It is a very engaging musical comedy with all the stars doing excellent work. The songs are top notch too with such classics as Love Me Tonight, Isn't It Romantic, Mimi and Lover. The staging of "Isn't It Romantic?" was revolutionary for its time, combining both singing and film editing, as the song is passed from one singer (or group of singers) to another, all of whom are at different locales. In 1990, Love Me Tonight was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library Of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Directed by Rouben Mamoulian. And music by Rodgers and Hart. Love Me Tonight is a gorgeous and extremely entertaining musical. Just look at the beautiful photo below of Myrna and Charles.

1 comment:

  1. Monty, I really enjoyed reading your Awesome," Love Me Tonight" post. What a cute video!