In Gay Madrid (1930)

85 mins | Comedy-drama, Musical | 17 May 1930

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Cinematographer:

Oliver T. Marsh

Editor:

William S. Gray

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title for this film was The House of Troy, after Alejandro Pérez Lugín’s 1915 novel, La Casa de la Troya, on which it was based. The16 June 1929 Film Daily announced that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. had acquired screen rights to the novel as a possible starring vehicle for Ramón Novarro. The studio planned to make an English-language and Spanish-language version, and Novarro was slated to star in both, according to the 13 November 1929 Variety, which named Dorothy Jordan as Novarro’s co-star in the English-language picture, and Ethlyne Clair as part of the supporting cast. While Robert Z. Leonard was attached to direct in English, no director for the Spanish version had yet been chosen. By mid-November 1929, filming had begun under Leonard’s direction at M-G-M’s studio in Culver City, CA, as reported in the 18 November 1929 Film Daily. For dancing sequences, a twelve-year-old Spanish fandango dancer named Margarita Bolado was brought on to supervise, according to the 8 January 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today, which called her “the youngest technical director in the film industry.”
       The 13 March 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today announced a title change to Gay Madrid, although later items and reviews listed it as In Gay Madrid.
       Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed were initially hired to write music and lyrics, as noted in the 5 October 1929 Motion Picture News. The 6 November 1929 Variety indicated that screenwriter Earl Baldwin was hired to work on the script, and Ethelind Terry and Josef Swickard ...

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The working title for this film was The House of Troy, after Alejandro Pérez Lugín’s 1915 novel, La Casa de la Troya, on which it was based. The16 June 1929 Film Daily announced that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp. had acquired screen rights to the novel as a possible starring vehicle for Ramón Novarro. The studio planned to make an English-language and Spanish-language version, and Novarro was slated to star in both, according to the 13 November 1929 Variety, which named Dorothy Jordan as Novarro’s co-star in the English-language picture, and Ethlyne Clair as part of the supporting cast. While Robert Z. Leonard was attached to direct in English, no director for the Spanish version had yet been chosen. By mid-November 1929, filming had begun under Leonard’s direction at M-G-M’s studio in Culver City, CA, as reported in the 18 November 1929 Film Daily. For dancing sequences, a twelve-year-old Spanish fandango dancer named Margarita Bolado was brought on to supervise, according to the 8 January 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today, which called her “the youngest technical director in the film industry.”
       The 13 March 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today announced a title change to Gay Madrid, although later items and reviews listed it as In Gay Madrid.
       Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed were initially hired to write music and lyrics, as noted in the 5 October 1929 Motion Picture News. The 6 November 1929 Variety indicated that screenwriter Earl Baldwin was hired to work on the script, and Ethelind Terry and Josef Swickard were listed as cast members in November 1929 issues of Variety and Film Daily.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
8 Jan 1930
p. 3
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
13 Mar 1930
p. 8
Film Daily
16 Jun 1929
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Film Daily
18 Nov 1929
p. 13
Film Daily
6 Dec 1929
p. 9
Film Daily
22 Jun 1930
---
Hollywood Filmograph
24 Aug 1929
p. 5
Motion Picture News
31 Aug 1929
---
Motion Picture News
5 Oct 1929
p 1197
Motion Picture News
19 Oct 1929
p. 26
Motion Picture News
7 Jun 1930
p. 136
New York Times
7 Jun 1930
p. 10
Variety
6 Nov 1929
p. 48
Variety
13 Nov 1929
p. 6, 12
Variety
11 Jun 1930
p. 19
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Oliver Marsh
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus score
Mus score
SOUND
Rec eng
Rec dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel La Casa de la Troya by Alejandro Pérez Lugín (Madrid, 1915).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Santiago" and "Dark Night," words by Clifford Grey, music by Herbert Stothart and Xavier Cugat; "Into My Heart," words by Clifford Grey, music by Fred E. Ahlert; "Smile While We May," words and music by Roy Turk and Fred E. Ahlert.
SONGWRITERS/COMPOSERS
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Gay Madrid
The House of Troy
Release Date:
17 May 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
12 May 1930
LP1286
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85
Length(in feet):
7,654
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Ricardo, the hero of many romantic escapades, is sent from Madrid by his irate father to continue his college studies. At school he meets and falls in love with Carmina, serenades her, and gradually wins her despite her feigned indifference. Then Octavio, a rejected suitor, reports to the Marqués de Castelar that Ricardo is keeping La Goyita, a former "companion in arms," in his room; although he denies the charge, the engagement is broken. Ernesto, the girl's brother, challenges Ricardo to a duel in which he deliberately allows himself to be wounded, thus clearing the way for a reconciliation between the ...

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Ricardo, the hero of many romantic escapades, is sent from Madrid by his irate father to continue his college studies. At school he meets and falls in love with Carmina, serenades her, and gradually wins her despite her feigned indifference. Then Octavio, a rejected suitor, reports to the Marqués de Castelar that Ricardo is keeping La Goyita, a former "companion in arms," in his room; although he denies the charge, the engagement is broken. Ernesto, the girl's brother, challenges Ricardo to a duel in which he deliberately allows himself to be wounded, thus clearing the way for a reconciliation between the lovers.

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