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A French-language version of The Big Pond, La grande mare (See Entry), was filmed simultaneously with the English version. Maurice Chevalier sang "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" and "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight" in both versions. Chevalier, Claudette Colbert and Andrée Corday were also in the French version of the film. Chevalier received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his collective work on this film and The Love Parade (See Entry). ...

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A French-language version of The Big Pond, La grande mare (See Entry), was filmed simultaneously with the English version. Maurice Chevalier sang "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me" and "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight" in both versions. Chevalier, Claudette Colbert and Andrée Corday were also in the French version of the film. Chevalier received a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his collective work on this film and The Love Parade (See Entry).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
EHW
24 May 1930
p. 35
Film Daily
13 Apr 1930
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New York Times
19 May 1930
p. 21
Variety
21 May 1930
p. 25
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Stage dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Robert Presnell
Scen
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus arr
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Big Pond by George Middleton and A. E. Thomas (New York, 21 Aug 1928).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
SONGS
"Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight," music and lyrics by Al Lewis and Al Sherman; "This Is My Lucky Day," music and lyrics by Lew Brown, B. G. DeSylva and Ray Henderson; "Mia Cara" and "You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me," music and lyrics by Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman and Sammy Fain.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
La grande mare
Release Date:
3 May 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Paramount Publix Corp.
6 May 1930
LP1278
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78
Length(in feet):
6,984
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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 ...

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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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