Love Me TonightDirector: Rouben Mamoulian, Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Charlie Ruggles
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Sometimes one can get the impression that it's only the major video companies, such as Warner Home Video or FoxVideo, that do full justice to vintage movies, and especially musicals, on DVD. Musicals do take a special kind of handling that seems to elude even such companies as Columbia and Paramount. Then along comes this Kino International release of Rouben Mamoulian's 1932 Love Me Tonight to show what even an independent producer/distributor can do with a good musical title. Apart from the inclusion of the original trailer and the Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier excerpts from the Paramount newsreel series "Newsreel on Parade, the disc contains some very amusing censorship records from the files of the studio, showing the worries elicited by some of the racier Lorenz Hart lyrics -- which wouldn't raise an eyebrow on Broadway -- and also deleted excerpts from the script. The main virtue of the disc, however, (beyond a sparkling transfer of the movie) is the inclusion of Miles Kreuger's commentary track. A veteran musical expert with an encyclopedic knowledge of his field, Kreuger is endowed with fascinating and subtly witty observations, delivering his comments a little deadpan (which only makes the humor that much more effective). His account of the movie's production history and Mamoulian's involvement with the film is fascinating, and his story of the manner in which the director integrated Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart into the creation of the movie should be of interest to fans of Hollywood films in general, as the result had a profound effect on the musical genre as well as on Rodgers' development as a composer. There is only a single flaw, a moment of what sounds like audio distortion at 39 minutes in on the commentary track, but otherwise this is about as perfect a presentation of the movie as we're likely to get. Kreuger even walks us through the lyrics and shots that were cut by the censors for the late '40s release of the movie, explaining precisely what is missing from the movie. The film has been given a generous 18 chapters, which includes every musical number and plot development, such as it is. The disc opens automatically to a complex two-layer menu that is very easy to use and maneuver around in.
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Cast & Crew
|Maurice Chevalier||Maurice Courtelin|
|Jeanette MacDonald||Princess Jeanette|
|Charlie Ruggles||Viscount de Varese|
|Charles Butterworth||Count de Savignac|
|Myrna Loy||Countess Valentine|
|C. Aubrey Smith||Duke|
|Elizabeth Patterson||First Aunt|
|Ethel Griffies||Second Aunt|
|Joseph Cawthorn||Dr. Armand de Fontinac|
|Ethel Wales||Madame Dutoit, Dressmaker|
|Mary Doran||Madame Dupont|
|Marion Byron||Bakery Girl|
|George Davis||Pierre Dupont|
|Blanche Frederici||Third Aunt|
|Robert Greig||Major-Domo Flamond|
|Sam Harris||Bridge Player|
|Rolfe Sedan||Taxi Driver|
|William H. Turner||Bootmaker|
|George "Gabby" Hayes||Grocer|
|Clarence H. Wilson||Shirtmaker|
|Travis Banton||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Hans Dreier||Art Director|
|Nathaniel W. Finston||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|A.E. Freudeman||Set Decoration/Design|
|Lorenz Hart||Score Composer|
|Edith Head||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Richard Rodgers||Score Composer|
1. Opening Titles
2. "The Song of Paree"
3. Introducing Maurice
4. Opening Shop
5. "Isn't It Romantic?"
6. The Fairy Princess
9. "A Woman Needs Something Like That"
10. "Mimi" (Reprise)
11. The Hunt
12. The Costume Ball
13. "I'm an Apache"
14. "Love Me Tonight"
15. The Fitting Session
16. ."..Nothing but a Tailor"
17. Princess in the Tower
18. A Race for Love!
Maurice Chevalier Sings "Louise"
Jeanette MacDonald Sings "Love Me Tonight"
Gallery of Images
Audio Commentary by Miles Kreuger
Screenplay Excerpts of Deleted Scenes
The Vicomte's Surprise
The Doctor's Exam
The Virgin's Spring (A)
The Tower Bedroom
The Virgin's Spring (B)
Before the Hunt (A)
Before the Hunt (B)
The Race for Love
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