Jeanette MacDonald, mostly famous for her many musical films playing opposite Nelson Eddy, began her motion picture career in1929 in the film The Love Parade, in which shortly after her entrance on screen she was stripped down to her undies for all to see. The great director Ernst Lubitsch thought that a great idea and was not alone. For the next several years her fame grew as a singing movie diva and she continued to show off her scanties in film after film. The enforcement in 1934 of The Motion Picture Production Code finally put a stop to the fun. These two breezy, melodic, funny, and risque musicals offer more than just Jeanette found en déshabillé.
Monte Carlo (1930) directed by Ernst Lubitsch is a fast paced delightful comedy. The wonderful songs are by Richard
Whiting and Frank Harling, which include, introduced in a breathtaking use of surrealism, “Beyond the Blue Horizon,” which Ms. MacDonald used as her theme song for the rest of her career. Zasu Pitts plays Ms. MacDonald’s maid and Jack Buchanan, in his last American film until The Bandwagon in 1953, is her love interest.
Love Me Tonight (1932) directed by Rouben Mamoulian . Love Me Tonight has been called
Love Me Tonight with Maurice Chevalier
The greatest movie musical ever made! and a Superb-brilliant-a masterpiece and A work of magic and genius and Truly a masterpiece , which are from IMDB. For professional reviews checkout Slant Magazine and Ozus’ World Movie Reviews and CineScene and A Film Canon .
Unless you live in New York City and attend The Film Forum this will probably be the only chance you will ever have to see these two films projected on film on the big screen where they first appeared and still belong.