This upsets Chevalier, who tries to remain faithful to MacDonald, but she blind as she is to what Tobin is doing insists he help her friend. When Colette introduces her husband to her flirtatious best friend, Mitzi, he does his best to resist her advances. Trust must enter into the equation, as well as equality. Mitzi is forthright and cunning, a woman who uses men for her unbridled sexual lust. So which version is better, silent or talkie? A French-language version, called Une heure près de toi was made simultaneously, with playing Genevieve Tobin's role. It's immorality glorified at worst or at the very least dismissed as nothing serious enough to break up a marriage. For One Hour with You, it is charmingly effective to see them as an established couple rather than two singletons meeting and falling in love.
Hardy Lois Laurel as Girl in Audience Stan Laurel … as Mr. They defy the stereotype that married people are dull and their love wanes--that is, until MacDonald's best friend, Mitzi Genevieve Tobin , arrives. When was the last time you took your wife to the park? It's introduced during a nightclub scene by radio singer Donald Novis who occasionally did film and stage roles and then sung by nearly all the principals in the cast. I think a man is about to get ate. McDonald is a passable comedienne, but Chevalier is great, tall, dark-haired, dapper, with a huge grin that suggests he knows he's been bad but he enjoys it so much! Chevalier is boundlessly entertaining as always. It's hard to see why she couldn't suspect that her best friend Genevieve Tobin would want to seduce her husband when the woman is such an obvious flirt.
The one hour is all that is required for the liaison that matters. Découvrez sa biographie, sa carrière en détail et toute son actualité--Cloud Atlas - film 2012 - AlloCiné. And Chevalier was to return to his native France, where in any case his advancing years began to exclude him from playing romantic leads. This film is a musical. But indeed, Chevalier and MacDonald are happy, that is until MacDonald's flirtatious old school chum Genevieve Tobin shows up with her extremely serious husband Roland Young, obviously cast against type.
Cukor took Lubitsch to court and ultimately won a co-directing credit -- though it's next to impossible to tell who directed what: it's Lubitsch's picture, without a doubt. This was clever and the film had enough good moments to recommend it, but still it doesn't rank among the director's very best. The songs are just great and generally do deserve to be much better known, the title song is the most well-known one and it is a catchy one indeed but we mustn't forget the risqué for the time Oh Mitzi, the witty Three Times a Day or the charming We Will Always Be Sweethearts. Mitzi's no-nonsense husband Roland Young suspects his wife for infidelity and has hired Detective Henry Dornier Richard Carle to follow her. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.
She chooses to save face by revealing that Adolph has stayed behind after the party and seduced her. One Hour with You is a 1932 film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. It was part of his nightclub act forever after. Because some components of the screenplaythe cross-purposes with place cards at dinner and the whole tangle of laughing infidelsclosely resembles parts of Pas sur la Bouche, it seems clear that they both came out of the 1920s farce the makers of the latter film credit for their original story. Constantly breaking the fourth wall with self-revealing asides, the smooth-talker Chevalier's obtrusive French accent and mellow chanson are contagiously prepossessing, an honest man cannot withhold his feelings towards a seductress Tobin , his wife's best friend, on the other hand, a demure MacDonald, famous for her high-pitch soprano lilt, is an excellent option to cast as his high-strung wife, who in turn is the love interest of his husband's best friend Ruggles , but generally she only fences with him and only becomes intimate with him as an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth to Chevalier's philandering. For that matter, does Colette give in to Adolph? Romance was deliberately out of the equation.
But One Hour with You was made just before the Code slammed down. And it underscores the point that Chevalier Bewildered is more attractive than Chevalier the Grinning Tom Cat. One Hour with You is famed for its rhyming dialogue, a great device which perks up potentially dull scenes and keeps the musicality alive, but there is more going on besides. All the same players are in place: The happily married couple, the flirty best friend, her boring husband, and the wife's lusty ex. Sure, the swift and painless resolution that brings One Hour With You to its happy moment of closure, this time with Jeanette and Maurice both addressing their female and male counterparts in the audience, is a little too convenient and tidy to be fully believable, but Lubitsch is far from being any kind of a realist when it comes to his movies. Le deuxième album des One Direction intitulé Take Me Home sort en novembre 2012. Speaking of attractive, Jeanette MacDonald is a revelation here.
The audience's joy was palpable throughout. The whole thing is directed with typical continental charm by Ernest Lubitsch replete with various things in the film identified as the Lubitsch touch. He turns to his butler, and demands to know why he told Ruggles it was a costume party. The title tune is the most memorable one and became a standard, but the others serve their function: each song tells us something about the lead characters' state of mind while offering Lubitsch-style wit about the film's central themes: the joys and drawbacks of marriage and the lure of extra-marital dalliance. Chevalier to make a house call, you see a shot of her feet kicking off her shoes and then wiggling in anticipation. Lubitsh made a huge success in Hollywood with this kind of comedy and never was overcame by anyone. All in all, a very good film if not among the best from Lubitsch.
The stars spend part of the film speaking directly to the audience, which greatly adds to the film's charm. I like to pretend this movie is kind of an informal sequel to any of the other movies starring Chevalier and MacDonald. The print was in perfect condition and the shimmering dresses and art deco were fascinating. Considered in this light, this picture is great fun and the cast of old pros give it more status than it deserves. Because Lubitsch already understood the visual touch required in cinema, he was free to master the new technology of synchronized sound right off the bat, while so many others seem to have been under the impression that they needed to revert back to theatre or adapt to a kind of illustrated radio. Of course, it's all pre-code morality done with style and wit. However, I'll go with this version, which has Chevalier and MacDonald, and a more experienced Lubitsch running the show with an assist from an uncredited George Cukor , who adds in many songs and scenes spoken in rhyming couplets.
Jeannette MacDonald for me was such a revelation. It is a musical, but not in the traditional Hollywood sense; rather a more subtle approach where it just might actually be possible for these characters to break into song. Now you can't believe anything she says. Comment below or join our email subscription list on the sidebar! The film does drag a little towards the end and the ending is rather abrupt and awkwardly staged. Roland Young plays Mitzi's supremely uncool husband, apparently bored and repulsed by his wife's flirty antics.