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Monte Carlo

If it were not for Jeanette MacDonald there would be no picture, this despite the disappointing direction of Ernst Lubitsch and the talker debut of England's Jack Buchanan.

Cast:
Jack Buchanan Jeanette MacDonald ZaSu Pitts Claud Allister

If it were not for Jeanette MacDonald there would be no picture, this despite the disappointing direction of Ernst Lubitsch and the talker debut of England’s Jack Buchanan.

There are a couple of catchy songs among the several – ‘Always in All Ways’ and ‘Give Me a Moment’.

MacDonald plays well all of the time, at moments exceptionally. MacDonald’s singing is also most acceptable.

Buchanan is just the usual sort of juve with closely plastered down hair, doing a ladies hairdresser, a role that hurts.

It’s that sort of a story, common [from Hans Mueller’s Blue Coast]. A count, to meet an unknown countess, maneuvers to get her hairdresser’s job, which he does. Then he wins, he says, 200,000 francs to take her out of Monte Carlo hock. About that time, as they both see Monsieur Beaucaire in different boxes at the theatre, she surmises he isn’t a hairdresser. It needs 90 minutes of film to unravel that.

Monte Carlo

Production: Paramount. Director Ernst Lubitsch; Screenplay Ernest Vajda, Vincent Lawrence; Camera Victor Milner; Art Director Hans Dreier

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1930. Running time: 93 MIN.

With: Jack Buchanan Jeanette MacDonald ZaSu Pitts Claud Allister

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