The Chocolate Soldier

Overview

This remake of Ferenc Molnar's play The Guardsmen focuses on an opera star Nelson Eddy who tests the fidelity of his wife Rise Stephens by wooing her in disguise. The film was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Score.
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Overview

This remake of Ferenc Molnar's play The Guardsmen focuses on an opera star Nelson Eddy who tests the fidelity of his wife Rise Stephens by wooing her in disguise. The film was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Score.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
On-stage, The Chocolate Soldier was a musicalization of a George Bernard Shaw play. The film keeps the title and some of the songs, but jettisons the Shaw play entirely in favor of one by Molnár. The result is a movie that's neither fish nor fowl, although it comes terribly close to being foul. Soldier's biggest problem lies in its casting. Accomplished singers were needed for the songs, and it certainly has them in Nelson Eddy and Rise Stevens. Both are in glorious voice, and there is a thrill in hearing the gorgeous sounds the two make, separately and together. But the pair are miscast in their "offstage" roles of jealous husband and flirtatious wife. Stevens, looking quite attractive throughout and displaying a certain charm, comes off somewhat the better of the two, although her performance is too surface-oriented and occasionally too self-conscious; there's a difference between a light touch and one that is superficial, and Stevens falls into the second category. But much worse is Eddy, who tries extremely hard but is totally at sea. Rather than an insanely jealous man of the world, we get a petulant little boy -- and while that could conceivably be a very interesting variation to explore in another setting, it's not what the role requires. Some of Eddy's work is decidedly painful, and while he is marginally better when he dons a disguise and plays a potential lover, it's still not enough.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/1992
  • UPC: 027616156631
  • Original Release: 1941
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  • Source: Mgm (Warner)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nelson Eddy Karl Lang
Risë Stevens Maria Lanyl
Nigel Bruce Bernard Fischer
Florence Bates Mme. Helene
Dorothy Gilmore Magda
Nydia Westman Liesel, the maid
Max Barwyn Anton
Charles Judels Klementor
Sig Arno Emile
Leon Belasco Waiter
Jack Lipson Capt. Masakroff
Dave Willock Messenger Boy
Maurice Cass
Technical Credits
Roy Del Ruth Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Bronislau Kaper Score Composer
Leonard Lee Screenwriter
Ernst Matray Choreography
Ferenc Molnar Screenwriter
James Newcom Editor
Merrill Pye Musical Direction/Supervision
Victor Saville Producer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Oscar Straus Score Composer
Ernest Vajda Screenwriter
Claudine West Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Keith Winter Screenwriter
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