La grande mare (1930)

86 mins | Comedy-drama | 1930

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HISTORY

La grande mare was a French-language version of The Big Pond (See Entry), and was filmed simultaneously with it. Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert and Andrée Corday all appeared in both ... More Less

La grande mare was a French-language version of The Big Pond (See Entry), and was filmed simultaneously with it. Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert and Andrée Corday all appeared in both versions. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Variety
20 Aug 1930
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITER
Supv French vers and addl dial
FILM EDITOR
Editor
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Big Pond by George Middleton and A. E. Thomas (New York, 21 Aug 1928).
SONGS
"You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me," music and lyrics by Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman and Sammy Fain
"Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight," music and lyrics by Al Lewis and Al Sherman.
COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Big Pond
Release Date:
1930
Premiere Information:
World premiere in New Orleans: 9 June 1930
New York opening: 16 August 1930
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
86
Length(in feet):
7,784
Country:
United States
Language:
French
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Pierre Mirande, son of an impoverished French family, makes a living by acting as guide to Mrs. Billings and her daughter, Barbara, tourists in Venice. Although Barbara falls in love with him, her suitor, Ronnie, and her father see him as a fortune-hunting foreigner, and accordingly offer him a job in Mr. Billings' chewing gum factory in New York. Forced to live in a dingy boardinghouse, Pierre is given the toughest work in the plant, but Barbara assures him that bluff and fast thinking are necessities in American business. With his humorous songs, he captivates his landlady, Toinette, and the maid, Jennie, but falls asleep on the night he is expected to attend Barbara's party. Wrongfully accused of spilling rum on some chewing gum samples, Pierre is discharged; he is later reinstated and promoted when he sells the idea of rum-flavored chewing gum with his own advertising lyrics. Insulted, Barbara plans to marry Ronnie, but Pierre kidnaps her aboard a ... +


Pierre Mirande, son of an impoverished French family, makes a living by acting as guide to Mrs. Billings and her daughter, Barbara, tourists in Venice. Although Barbara falls in love with him, her suitor, Ronnie, and her father see him as a fortune-hunting foreigner, and accordingly offer him a job in Mr. Billings' chewing gum factory in New York. Forced to live in a dingy boardinghouse, Pierre is given the toughest work in the plant, but Barbara assures him that bluff and fast thinking are necessities in American business. With his humorous songs, he captivates his landlady, Toinette, and the maid, Jennie, but falls asleep on the night he is expected to attend Barbara's party. Wrongfully accused of spilling rum on some chewing gum samples, Pierre is discharged; he is later reinstated and promoted when he sells the idea of rum-flavored chewing gum with his own advertising lyrics. Insulted, Barbara plans to marry Ronnie, but Pierre kidnaps her aboard a speedboat. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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