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Gypsy Melody (1936)

Gypsy Melody is a 1936 British musical comedy film directed by Edmond T. Gréville and starring Lupe Velez, Alfred Rode and Jerry Verno. It was made at Elstree Studios. The sets were ... See full summary »

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Irving LeRoy (dialogue), Alfred Rode (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Lupe Velez ... Mila
Alfred Rode Alfred Rode ... Captain Eric Danilo
Jerry Verno Jerry Verno ... Madame Beatrice
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Court Chamberlain
Margaret Yarde Margaret Yarde ... Grand Duchess
Fred Duprez Fred Duprez ... Herbert P. Melon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hector Abbas Hector Abbas ... Biergarten Manager
Louis Darnley Louis Darnley ... Hotel Manager
G. De Joncourt G. De Joncourt ... Doctor Ipstein
Monti DeLyle Monti DeLyle ... Marco
Wyn Weaver Wyn Weaver ... Grand Duke
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Gypsy Melody is a 1936 British musical comedy film directed by Edmond T. Gréville and starring Lupe Velez, Alfred Rode and Jerry Verno. It was made at Elstree Studios. The sets were designed by art director John Mead. The film was a remake of the 1935 French film Juanita.

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1937 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Capitaine tzigane See more »

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British Artistic See more »
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Mono | Mono (Ambiphone Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Madame Beatrice: I'm not a fairy, I'm Madam Beatrice!
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Remake of Juanita (1935) See more »

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Hungarian Dance
by Johannes Brahms
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Exotic send-up
26 February 2011 | by Igenlode WordsmithSee all my reviews

The plot of this film is so joyously inconsequential that one gets the impression someone decided that it simply couldn't be made with a straight face; at any rate, the resulting picture, ostensibly constructed to star Alfred Rode and his 'Tzigane Orchestra', emerges as an enjoyable send-up of the Ruritanian genre, the showbiz success musical, and just about every ethnic stereotype it touches, from the pompous Grand Duchess via the Teutonic beergarden and the hustling American impresario to the monocled English upper class. Characters are transferred from one scene to the next by cheerfully arbitrary plot developments that have clearly been shot for laughs; perhaps my favourite moment is the one early on in the film where the prisoners need to escape from their jail cell, after having been locked up with enormous and prolonged ceremony by the guard... so the door simply creaks open of its own accord!

Saddled with a leading man whose English and acting qualifications were both clearly limited, the script wisely transfers most of the speaking roles to Jerry Verno and Fred Duprez, respectively English and American comedians, who play up admirably. Meanwhile Lupe Velez provides exotic appeal and the requisite 'spitfire' and bathing scenes as the gypsy love interest. The showcase musical items are as exciting as they are billed, and the comedy as cheerfully ridiculous as the melodrama.

Like many long-lost films, on rediscovery this proves perhaps not to be the greatest picture in the world -- but in fact it's remarkably good fun.


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