For his first talking picture, famed director Ernst Lubitsch introduced Broadway songbird
Jeanette MacDonald to the screen as Queen Louise of the mythical kingdom of Sylvania. Ever-charming Maurice Chevalier is Count Alfred Renard, whose scandalous reputation provokes
the spinster Queen to summon him to fulfill desires of her own. Keep an eye out for Jean
Harlow as an extra. Nominated for Best Picture of 1929, this was Paramount’s first release
following the stock market crash and its box-office success was a lifesaver for the studio. The
threesome of director Lubitsch and stars Chevalier and MacDonald would make musical magic
again with One Hour With You (1932) and The Merry Widow (1934). Jack Fields
What a light-hearted, romantic musical comedy! It made me chuckle even with the old-fashioned notion that men can’t be men without being in charge. Another movie I’m glad I got to see.