The Love Parade (1929)

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The queen of mythical Sylvania marries a courtier, who finds his new life unsatisfying.


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15 May 2004 | Ron Oliver
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| Chevalier Shines In Lubitsch Teaser
Domestic difficulties between the strong-willed Queen of Sylvania and her stubborn Consort may cause them both to miss THE LOVE PARADE.

Director Ernst Lubitsch spread his special brand of sophisticated naughtiness in this visually impressive & engaging early talkie musical. Depending much on the intelligence of the viewer, the film serves up unexpected bons mons of wit (e.g. the dog barking his farewells to the pooches of Paris) which never fail to enchant. Lubitsch would contribute a series of delightful little comedies over the next several years, making the title of this confection pertinent in more ways than one.

Maurice Chevalier practically oozes Gaelic charm in a wonderfully hammy, ingratiating performance. His French charisma dominates the screen; he embraces his songs rather than just singing them. His immense joie de vivre & exceptional talent was perfectly attuned to the sound motion picture. In her film debut, the lovely Jeanette MacDonald proves a charming partner to Chevalier. Imperious or coquettish by turns, she beguiles the viewer as well as Maurice--her celebrated voice (when intelligible) put to good use in the seduction.

British physical comedian Lupino Lane is a winner as Chevalier's highly energetic little valet; lanky Lillian Roth, as a palace maid, joins him for some humorous knockabout songs. Lionel Belmore & Eugene Palette bring appropriately hefty gravitas to their roles as government ministers. Diminutive Edgar Norton appears as an unflappable majordomo.

Movie mavens will recognize silent screen comic Ben Turpin as a cross-eyed lackey, Russ Powell as the Afghan Ambassador and young Jean Harlow as one of a group of women applauding Chevalier at the theatre, all uncredited.

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There is no evidence that, as has been suggested, the dialogue is post-synced. Although there are a number of unmarried shots (i.e., not shot at the same time as the sound) throughout the film, these are always where no tight syncing is required. Almost all dialogue sequences are shot in pretty static two-shots and are plainly sync sound (in any case, accurate post-syncing would be extremely difficult in the period before looping was introduced). An exception is the song and chorus sequence just after Alfred has walked out on her, where there is solo singing at some distance from the camera, followed by a sequence with chorus; both have independent sound and visible lip-sync errors. There is no mixing of tracks in the dubbing--everything is done by editing, of which there is a considerable amount (for example, the music stops to let you hear the dog gnawing his bone just before "Nobody's using it now" and there are edits to enable this). There is a lot of level control of the sound to keep the effects (mostly live) down. The speech and sound quality are remarkably good throughout--a very considerable achievement for the period--and the synchronization always perfect. The film ends with playout music and no picture, which must have been something of an innovation at that time.


Quotes

Jacques: I'll lay the dish here / Ooh, la la la la! / To hold the fish here / Ooh, la la la la! / The serviettes here / And now the cigarettes here / And matches, too. / They mustn't complain. / A little candy / Ooh, la la la la! / A little brandy / Ooh, la ...


Goofs

The fact that Count Alfred (Maurice Chevalier) speaks with a French accent, even though he is not supposed to be French, is really not an "error". However, by adding a scene to attempt to explain this anomaly, it only serves to highlight the accent discrepancies in the casting. For instance, in contrast to the accent discrepancy with Chevalier's character, no one seems to notice that his French servant, Jacques (Lupino Lane), speaks British English with no discernible French accent.


Soundtracks

My Love Parade
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by
Victor Schertzinger
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
Sung by Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald

Storyline

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Genres

Comedy | Musical | Romance

Details

Release Date:

18 January 1930

Language

English, French


Country of Origin

USA

Box Office

Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)

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