×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Love Parade

In The Love Parade, second starring talker for Maurice Chevalier, Paramount has its first original screen operetta production whose story is more than made up in magnificence of sets and costumes, tuneful music, subtlety of direction, comedy and general appeal. It's a fine, near-grand entertainment.

With:
Maurice Chevalier Jeanette MacDonald Lupino Lane Lillian Roth Eugene Pallette Edgar Norton

In The Love Parade, second starring talker for Maurice Chevalier, Paramount has its first original screen operetta production whose story is more than made up in magnificence of sets and costumes, tuneful music, subtlety of direction, comedy and general appeal. It’s a fine, near-grand entertainment.

At the outset the Chevalier personality is put to the fore in the manner the Parisian music-hall star knows best.

In Jeanette MacDonald, ingenue prima donna from Broadway, Chevalier has an actress opposite who all but steals the picture.

The story says that the philandering Parisian, brought back to Sylvania, ruled by MacDonald, because of his scandalous affairs as a military attache in France’s capital, must, in accepting marriage to the queen, keep his fingers out of all matters of state and be subject to her own commands.

The wedding is an extravaganza, with one of the largest sets ever built, but musically lacks the punch of other scenes.

Guy Bolton wrote the libretto for Love Parade [from the play The Prince Consort by Leon Xanrof and Jules Chancel].

It can be said that this is the first true screen musical.

1929/30: Nominations: Best Picture, Director, Actor (Maurice Chevalier), Cinematography, Art Direction, Sound

Popular on Variety

The Love Parade

Production: Paramount. Director Ernst Lubitsch; Screenplay Guy Bolton, Ernst Vajda; Camera Victor Milner; Music Victor Schertzinger; Art Director Hans Dreier

Crew: (B&W) Available on DVD. Extract of a review from 1929. Running time: 107 MIN.

With: Maurice Chevalier Jeanette MacDonald Lupino Lane Lillian Roth Eugene Pallette Edgar Norton

More Film

  • Hannah Minghella

    Bad Robot Poaches TriStar Pictures President Hannah Minghella to Lead Film Unit

    In a surprise announcement Thursday, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot revealed it has lured away Sony Pictures executive Hannah Minghella to lead its film division. Minghella will report to Abrams and Bad Robot co-CEO Katie McGrath. She will oversee both development and production. TriStar executive vice president Nicole Brown will take up the mantle in the [...]

  • Paul Dano arrives at the 71st

    'The Batman': Paul Dano to Play The Riddler

    Paul Dano is in talks to join Robert Pattinson in Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. “The Batman,” sources tell Variety. Though the studio would not confirm the role, insiders believe that Dano would be playing the classic comic book villain The Riddler. Dano’s casting comes on the heels of Jonah Hill turning down an offer [...]

  • Taylor SwiftMTV Video Music Awards, Arrivals,

    Vivendi's Third Quarter Results Up Nearly 17%, UMG Still Rising

    Vivendi saw its third quarter revenues increase by 16.7% to €3.97 billion ($4.4 billion) compared with the third quarter of 2018, once again boosted by the growth of Universal Music Group, while Canal Plus Group remained stable. For the first nine months of 2019, Vivendi’s revenues reached €11.3 billion ($12.5 billion), an increase of 14.6% [...]

  • This-is-Cristina

    FiGa Films Takes Salma Hayek-Exec Produced ‘This is Cristina’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Leading international sales agency-production-distribution company, FiGa Films, has snagged all worldwide rights to “This is Cristina” (“Ella es Cristina”), the directorial debut of Chilean scribe Gonzalo Maza, who has co-written four of Sebastian Lelio’s films, including his Oscar-winning “A Fantastic Woman” and Berlin Festival winner “Gloria.” “It’s a pleasure to collaborate with Gonzalo, whose writing [...]

  • 180423_A24_Day_03B_0897.jpg

    How Bright Bulbs Enabled 'The Lighthouse's' Tough Black-and-White Shoot

    Early in principal photography on “The Lighthouse,” writer-director Robert Eggers asked cinematographer Jarin Blaschke, who was shooting on black-and-white film stock, if he thought they could capture the look they were going for digitally. Blaschke answered no: Digital wouldn’t let them achieve the texture they had in mind — “what we photography nerds would call [...]

  • Plaza Catedral

    Panama’s Abner Benaim Wraps ‘Plaza Catedral’ Starring Mexico’s Ilse Salas (EXCLUSIVE)

    Panama’s internationally best-known helmer, Abner Benaim (“Ruben Blades Is Not My Name”) has just completed the shoot for his second fiction feature film, “Plaza Catedral,” starring Mexico’s Ilse Salas (“The Good Girls”), and Manolo Cardona (“Narcos”). Salas plays a 42-year old grief-stricken woman, Alicia, who has severed her ties with married life and society. Her [...]

  • Mamoudou Athie

    'The Front Runner's' Mamoudou Athie Joins 'Jurassic World 3'

    Mamoudou Athie has joined the cast of the third installment in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic World” saga. He joins Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who will reprise their roles from the previous films, as well as Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, who starred in the original mega-hit “Jurassic Park.” Colin [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content