New Moon

Overview

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...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
New Moon is one of operetta's most popular warhorses; if this filmization of the material (which takes substantial liberties with the source) is not a great film, it does at least offer a half-dozen or so of Sigmund Romberg's most glorious melodies, delivered by two of the screen's finest legit voices. Indeed, New Moon is best viewed with the ears, rather than the eyes, for when Nelson Eddy's baritone is ripping through "Stout Hearted Men" or Jeanette MacDonald is soaring through "One Kiss," the viewer can close his or her eyes and believe that all is well. Unfortunately, there are long stretches of dialogue that tax the audience's patience. Moreover, even during the songs, there is Eddy's fairly bland performance with which to deal. At least Eddy is not quite so wooden as in other films; however, he's also clearly neither the ladykiller nor the revolutionary that the character is reputed to be. MacDonald comes off better, although, by this point in her career, she has totally lost the enjoyable hint of self-mockery that informed her very early performances. (Fortunately, there's Mary Boland to bring a modicum of levity to the proceedings.) New Moon does have some assets beyond the score -- such as an excellent storm-at-sea sequence -- but it's the musical moments that really make this one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • UPC: 883316604502
  • Original Release: 1940
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,583

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanette MacDonald Marianne de Beaumanoir
Nelson Eddy Charles, Duc de Villiers
Mary Boland Valerie de Rossac
George Zucco Vicomte de Ribaud
H.B. Warner Father Michel
Grant Mitchell Governor of New Orleans
Ivan Simpson Guizot
William Tannen Pierre
Bunty Cutler Julie the Maid
Claude King Mons. Dubois
Cecil Cunningham Governor's Wife
Joe Yule Maurice
George Irving Ship's Captain
Edwin Maxwell Capt. de Jean
Paul E. Burns Guard on Ship
Winifred Harris Lady
Robert Warwick Commissar
David Alison Troubadour
Trevor Bardette Foulette
Arthur Belasco
Hillary Brooke Guest
Stephen Chase Citizen
Nick Copeland
Gino Corrado
Joe Dominguez Wounded Bondsman
Ralph Dunn
Sarah Edwards Marquise della Rosa
Frank Elliott
Jean Fenwick Woman
Gerald Fielding
Stanley Fields Tambour
Christian J. Frank
Kenneth Gibson
June Gittelson Madeline
Fred Graham
Dorothy Granger Fat Bridesmaid
Edward Hearn
Buster Keaton Prisoner "LuLu"
Victor Kendall
George Lloyd Quartermaster
George Magrill Guard
Max Marx Officer
LeRoy Mason Grant
John Miljan Pierre Brugnon, Overseer
Forbes Murray Commandant
Bea Nigro
Ed O'Neill Lookout
Ted Oliver Bondsman
Jack Perrin Officer
Dick Purcell Alexander
Claire Rochelle Drunken Girl
Florence Shirley Guest
Rafael Storm M. De Piron
Harry Strang
Ray Teal
Ray Walker Coco
Gayne Whitman Mate
Technical Credits
Robert Z. Leonard Director, Producer
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Arthur Screenwriter
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Jacques Deval Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Harold Kress Editor
Frank Mandel Screenwriter
Val Raset Choreography
Sigmund Romberg Score Composer
Laurence Schwab Screenwriter
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Herbert Stothart Musical Direction/Supervision
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
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