Melody in Spring (1934)

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Charlie Ruggles plays a souvenir-buff in quest of a real Swiss cowbell.

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  • Mary Boland and Charles Ruggles in Melody in Spring (1934)
  • Lanny Ross and Ann Sothern in Melody in Spring (1934)
  • Lanny Ross and Ann Sothern in Melody in Spring (1934)
  • Charles Ruggles in Melody in Spring (1934)
  • Charles Ruggles in Melody in Spring (1934)

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12 November 2008 | kidboots
5
| forget the silly story - listen to the songs!!!!
Although Paramount had Bing Crosby, Lanny Ross was signed as a backup. When Bing refused to do a cameo in "Alice in Wonderland" (very sensibly as it turned out - the film was a huge flop) the studio was furious and signed Lanny Ross, a radio singer. He got a big buildup and was cast in "College Rhythm", a college musical that also starred Lyda Roberti. Sadly, he only made a couple of films - Paramount obviously decided that Crosby was all they needed. His voice was different to Crosby's, being more of an operatic tenor. Certainly Ross was very wooden in this film (although it was his first feature) and didn't have much personality but the songs spoke for themselves.

Ray Noble's Orchestra with singer Al Bowley, had a huge hit with the film's opening song "Ending With a Kiss". Ross serenades Ann Sothern in the first scene in this very tedious film. Ann Sothern was a real find. She had appeared as a chorus girl in a couple of early musicals but this was the first as a leading lady. She gave the part a lot of personality and it was obvious she would go on to better things.

The real stars were Charlie Ruggles and Mary Boland as husband and wife sponsors of a radio programme - he has an "interesting" hobby - he collects bedknobs!!! Lanny Ross plays John who wants to sing on their show and so sings to them whenever he sees them. To make him even more irritating to them he also falls in love with Jane, their daughter (Ann Sothern). This plot premise must have been worn out even in 1934 and made the film seem longer than it was but Ross got to serenade Sothern with two beautiful songs - "Ending With a Kiss" and the beautiful "Melody in Spring", sung as they wander through the Swiss countryside.

The Gale Sisters also make an appearance as a snooty matron's very modern daughters.

Recommended for the songs.

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