Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1930. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Ernest Vajda, additional dialogue by Vincent Lawrence, based on the play Monsieur Beaucaire by Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland, the novel Monsieur Beaucaire by Booth Tarkington, and the novel The Blue Coast by Hans Muller. Cinematography by Victor Milner. Produced by Ernst Lubitsch. Music by W. Franke Harling. Costume Design by Travis Banton. Film Editing by Merrill G. White.
Another delightful musical by Ernst Lubitsch, starring the eye-poppingly beautiful Jeanette MacDonald. This time she plays a runaway bride who has abandoned her wealthy, titled fiancé at the altar and run away to sunny Monte Carlo. She plans to win big at the card tables but finds her luck isn’t heading in a particularly good direction. She also catches the eye of a wealthy player (Jack Buchanan) who, thanks to a series of misunderstandings, woos her by pretending to be the help. By styling her hair and bringing her room service, he eventually wins her heart, but can she settle for a poor man when she needs tons of cash to be happy? The result is for you to find out in a film that gleams with charm, a few forgettable but pleasant tunes and the overwhelming star power of its elegant but sexually formidable leading lady.