The Chocolate Soldier


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.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
This VHS is Not Available through


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.
Read More Show Less

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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/1992
  • UPC: 027616156631
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Rating:

  • 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
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously