The Firefly


In this adaptation of the operetta by Rudolf Friml, secret agent Nina Maria Azara Jeannette MacDonald is working undercover for the King of Spain as a singer known as the "Mosca del Fuego" or "Firefly." Her mission is to uncover Napoleon's plot to invade Spain before it is too late. This film features a variety of songs including "Donkey Serenade," "Love Is Like a Firefly," " and "When a Maid Comes Knocking At Your Heart."
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In this adaptation of the operetta by Rudolf Friml, secret agent Nina Maria Azara Jeannette MacDonald is working undercover for the King of Spain as a singer known as the "Mosca del Fuego" or "Firefly." Her mission is to uncover Napoleon's plot to invade Spain before it is too late. This film features a variety of songs including "Donkey Serenade," "Love Is Like a Firefly," " and "When a Maid Comes Knocking At Your Heart."
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
MGM pulled out all the stops for The Firefly, a lavish period operetta which star Jeanette McDonald saw as a chance to remind audiences that she could carry a movie without the assistance of her frequent co-star Nelson eddy. In Eddy's place is Allan Jones, and the change is most welcome. Jones possessed a sterling light tenor voice that was perfect for the Rudolf Friml score, and unlike Eddy, he could handle comedy. If he was still a bit wooden in spots, there was nevertheless a definite chemistry between him and MacDonald. For her part, the luscious soprano is in glorious voice, riding the crest of Friml's melodic waves like the champion she is and making the most of those thrilling high notes. She's a fine comedienne as well, and can handle dramatic chores with aplomb. That's a good thing, as it takes all her effort to make the idiotic screenplay of The Firefly into something watchable. The plotting comes across as ludicrous and the dialogue, even with an assist from Ogden Nash, lacks sufficient sparkle. Robert Z. Leonard directs for maximum impact in terms of the sets, the costumes and the overwhelming number of extras that fill the screen, but his pacing is uneven, and the film is simply too long. Watch it for the stars and the songs, especially Jones' "Donkey Serenade," which became forever associated with him.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2012
  • UPC: 883316450284
  • Original Release: 1937
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 18,431

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanette MacDonald Nina Maria Azara
Allan Jones Don Diego/Captain Fran├žois Andre
Warren William Col. DeRougemont
Billy Gilbert Innkeeper
Henry Daniell Gen. Savary
Douglas Dumbrille Marquis DeMelito
Leonard Penn Etienne
Tom Rutherford King Ferdinand
Belle Mitchell Lola
George Zucco St. Clair, Secret Service Chief
Corbet Morris Duval
Matthew Boulton Duke of Wellington
Manuel Alvarez Maciste Coach Driver
Robert Spindola Juan/Coach Driver's Son
Victor Adams Jail Guard
Monya Andre Civilian Wife
Sam Appel Fruit Vendor
Hooper Atchley
Ray Bennett Soldiers in Bayonne Cafe
Maurice Black Pigeon Vendor
Eugene Borden Captain
Agostino Borgato Peasant
Sidney Bracey Secretary
Ralph Byrd French Lieutenant
Frank Campeau Beggar
James B. Carson Smiling Waiter
Maurice Cass Strawberry Vendor
Lane Chandler Captain of Guards
Mabel Colcord Vendor
William Crowell
Alan Curtis French Soldier
Guy D'Ennery Spanish General
Pedro de Cordoba Spanish General
Drew Demarest
Lester Dorr
Roger Drake
Theodore Von Eltz Capt. Pierlot
Karl Hackett Bit Spaniard
Lew Harvey Officer
Bentley Hewlett Major
Ramsay Hill
Riley Hill Lieutenant
Brandon Hurst
Edward Keane Chief of Staff
Colin Kenny
Robert Z. Leonard Bayonne Cafe Extra
Jacques Lory
Fred Mackaye
John Merton French Officer
Dennis O'Keefe French Soldier Admirer
Inez Palange Flower Vendor
Anthony Pawley French Officer
Jean Perry Major
Edward Phillips Captain
John Picorri Cafe Proprietor
Russell Powell Stablehand
Stanley Price Napoleon
Frank Puglia Pablo
Albertina Rasch Bayonne Cafe Extra
Donald Reed
Jason Robards Sr. Spanish Patriot
Rolfe Sedan Hat Vendor
Harry Semels
Pat Somerset English General
Paul Sutton Spanish Civilian
David Tihmar Madrid Cafe Dancer
Zeni Vatori Waiter in Cafe
Robert Wilbur Dying Soldier
Ian Wolfe Izquierdo
Harry Worth Adjutant, Secret Service
Frank Yaconelli
Technical Credits
Robert Z. Leonard Director, Producer
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Rudolf Friml Score Composer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frances Goodrich Screenwriter
Albert Hackett Screenwriter
Robert J. Kern Editor
Oliver Marsh Cinematographer
Ogden Nash Screenwriter
Herbert Stothart Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Hunt Stromberg Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Firefly
1. Chapter 1 [2:01]
2. Chapter 2 [2:16]
3. Chapter 3 [3:12]
4. Chapter 4 [3:17]
5. Chapter 5 [3:57]
6. Chapter 6 [3:13]
7. Chapter 7 [3:06]
8. Chapter 8 [3:07]
9. Chapter 9 [3:24]
10. Chapter 10 [2:28]
11. Chapter 11 [4:05]
12. Chapter 12 [3:46]
13. Chapter 13 [4:51]
14. Chapter 14 [3:14]
15. Chapter 15 [4:15]
16. Chapter 16 [5:16]
17. Chapter 17 [1:28]
18. Chapter 18 [4:51]
19. Chapter 19 [2:01]
20. Chapter 20 [3:09]
21. Chapter 21 [:11]
22. Chapter 22 [3:12]
23. Chapter 23 [4:07]
24. Chapter 24 [2:40]
25. Chapter 25 [1:57]
26. Chapter 26 [3:43]
27. Chapter 27 [1:40]
28. Chapter 28 [3:42]
29. Chapter 29 [3:11]
30. Chapter 30 [4:11]
31. Chapter 31 [2:49]
32. Chapter 32 [3:21]
33. Chapter 33 [2:35]
34. Chapter 34 [4:10]
35. Chapter 35 [2:29]
36. Chapter 36 [4:49]
37. Chapter 37 [4:40]
38. Chapter 38 [3:00]
39. Chapter 39 [2:37]
40. Chapter 40 [1:53]
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Disc #1 -- The Firefly
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