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Monte Carlo (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 27 August 1930 (USA)
A countess flees to Monte Carlo on the day of her wedding, where she is courted by a count posing as a hairdresser.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Ernest Vajda (adaptation), Hans Müller (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Buchanan ... Count Rudolph Farriere
Jeanette MacDonald ... Countess Helene Mara
Claud Allister ... Duke Otto von Liebenheim
Zasu Pitts ... Bertha
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... Armand
John Roche ... Paul
Lionel Belmore ... Prince Gustav von Liebenheim
Albert Conti ... Master of Ceremonies
Helen Garden Helen Garden ... Lady Mary
Donald Novis Donald Novis ... Monsieur Beaucaire
Erik Bey Erik Bey ... Lord Winderset
David Percy David Percy ... Herald
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Storyline

Minutes before her wedding to Duke Otto Von Seibenheim, Countess Helene Mara flees, on a whim, to Monte Carlo, where she hopes her luck will save her poor financial state. There, Count Rudolph Farriere is taken by her beauty, but she rebuffs him, not even looking at him. Assuming the guise of a hairdresser, he finally succeeds in seeing her, night and morning. Sparks fly, and love ensues - but can she love a lowly hairdresser? As her finances worsen though, the Duke arrives, and his money and social status seem even more enticing. Shunning Rudolph, will her story follow the operatic "unhappy ending", or can she have it all? Written by Rick

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Million laughs- in Monte Carlo. Where a fleeing fiancee falls head over heels in love with the millionaire romeo who dresses her hair. (Print Ad- Calgary Daily Herald, ((Calgary, Alta.)) 11 November 1930) See more »


Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monte-Carlo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$726,465 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Beyond the Blue Horizon," introduced here, became Jeanette MacDonald's theme song for the rest of her life. During World War Ii she changed the line, "Beyond the blue horizon lies the rising sun" to " ... lies the shining sun" because the Rising Sun was the symbol of America's enemy, Japan. See more »

Goofs

Jeanette MacDonald is referred to as a blonde early on in the dialogue. She was actually a redhead, and no attempt was made to lighten her hair to make her look blonde. Her hair photographed the dark grey red hair usually reproduced as on the black-and-white film used in 1930. See more »

Quotes

Train Conductor: Are you the lady who jumped on this train after we had started?
Countess Helene Mara: Yes, and I shall complain about it. Trains don't go until I get on them!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jeanette MacDonald (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Trimmin' the Women
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and W. Franke Harling
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Jack Buchanan, John Roche and Tyler Brooke
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Beyond the Blue Horizon
15 July 2013 | by dave-2395See all my reviews

This time it's the beautiful and witty early Jeanette MacDonald, before Nelson Eddy came along - in an unusual Lubitsch romantic comedy musical! A high society romp involving financially embarrassed Countess Helene (Jeanette MacDonald) bolting during a wedding to stuffy but rich Duke Otto (Claude Allister). Her idea is to escape to Monte Carlo and gamble herself back into the upper circles, without depending on men in her life. It doesn't work out, due to many twists of the wheel as well as the plot, involving Count Rudolph (Jack Buchanan) - and Duke Otto - now both after her. Lots of sophisticated laughs at the antics of the high-born, sort of verbal slapstick. And some great music too, even beyond the blue horizon!


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