13 January 2015 | atlasmb
Romance, Political Intrigue and the beautiful Jeanette MacDonald
France and England are at war. Napoleon has placed troops in Spain "to protect the Spanish" in case England invades.
There is a beautiful cantina singer (and dancer!) named Nina Maria (Jeanette MacDonald) whom men fight over. She works as a spy for Spain. When Napoleon invites Ferdinand--who appears guileless--to France for a meeting, Nina Maria must leave for France immediately to determine if Napoleon's intentions are honorable.
She is pursued there by Don Diego (Allan Jones), a man smitten by the senorita. Along the way, he tries to charm her by singing "The Donkey Serenade"--one of the most memorable moments in the film.
When they arrive in Bayonne, France, things get complicated. The senorita discovers someone is on to her. The love story becomes more political as Nina Maria must make alliances based on trust. Will she let her heart guide her actions? What is Napoleon's true objective?
The two leads are excellent. Much of the surrounding cast portray military characters and they are very strong.
The lavish sets and a large number of extras give the film a feeling of richness, as when Joseph Napoleon and his military escort ride into Madrid.
Part romance, part political intrigue, "The Firefly" entertains while Jeanette MacDonald shines.