The Love Parade (1930)

107 mins | Musical | 18 January 1930

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Cinematographer:

Victor Milner

Production Designer:

Hans Dreier

Production Company:

Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
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HISTORY

Paramount also released a French-language version of the story, titled Parade d'amour. The Love Parade received Academy Award nominations in the Actor (Maurice Chevalier), Directing and Outstanding Production categories. Chevalier's nomination recognized his work in both this film and The Big Pond (see entry).
       The Love Parade marked the feature film debut of actress-singer Jeanette MacDonald (1903--1965). The picture also was the first sound and dialogue film of director Ersnt Lubitsch. MacDonald and Chevalier appeared together in two additional English-language films for Paramount released in 1932, Love Me Tonight and One Hour with You (see entries). Rouben Mamoulian directed Love Me Tonight, while Lubitsch directed One Hour with You. In 1934, Lubitsch directed the Chevalier and MacDonald in the M-G-M film The Merry Widow. He also directed them in Paramount-produced, French-language versions of One Hour with You ( Une heure près de toi ), and The Merry Widow ( La veuve joyeuse ), in which they recreated their original roles (see ... More Less

Paramount also released a French-language version of the story, titled Parade d'amour. The Love Parade received Academy Award nominations in the Actor (Maurice Chevalier), Directing and Outstanding Production categories. Chevalier's nomination recognized his work in both this film and The Big Pond (see entry).
       The Love Parade marked the feature film debut of actress-singer Jeanette MacDonald (1903--1965). The picture also was the first sound and dialogue film of director Ersnt Lubitsch. MacDonald and Chevalier appeared together in two additional English-language films for Paramount released in 1932, Love Me Tonight and One Hour with You (see entries). Rouben Mamoulian directed Love Me Tonight, while Lubitsch directed One Hour with You. In 1934, Lubitsch directed the Chevalier and MacDonald in the M-G-M film The Merry Widow. He also directed them in Paramount-produced, French-language versions of One Hour with You ( Une heure près de toi ), and The Merry Widow ( La veuve joyeuse ), in which they recreated their original roles (see entries). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
24 Nov 1929
p. 8.
Life
13 Dec 1929
p. 22.
New York Times
20 Nov 1929
p. 32.
New York Times
23 Mar 1930
Sec IX, p. 6.
Time
2 Dec 1929
pp. 39-40.
Variety
27 Nov 1929
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
WRITERS
Libretto
Film story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
Chief rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Le Prince Consort by Leon Xanrof, Jules Chancel (c1919).
SONGS
"Dream Lover," "My Love Parade," "Paris, Stay the Same," "Let's Be Common," "March of the Grenadiers," "Nobody's Using It Now," "Gossip," "Anything to Please the Queen," "Ooh, La La" and "The Queen Is Always Right," words by Clifford Grey, music by Victor Schertzinger.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Parade d'amour
Release Date:
18 January 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 19 November 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
16 January 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1014
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 7,094 ft.
Duration(in mins):
107
Length(in feet):
10,022
Length(in reels):
12
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the modern kingdom of Sylvania, the aged cabinet ministers worry over the fact that Queen Louise is unmarried. Then emissary Count Alfred returns in disgrace from Paris, where he has carried on numerous affairs with young ladies, and learning of his escapades, the queen invites him to demonstrate his romantic prowess. The cabinet is pleased by their blossoming romance as well as by that of Jacques, Alfred's valet, and Lulu, the queen's maid. Louise and Alfred marry, but he soon is irked at having to take orders from his royal wife, though he is forced to keep up appearances because of financial negotiations with a foreign power. When he is ordered to attend the opening of the royal opera, Alfred refuses and announces he is going to Paris to get a divorce and is cold to the queen's entreaties. But when she offers to make him king and therefore her equal, he relents and they find happiness ... +


In the modern kingdom of Sylvania, the aged cabinet ministers worry over the fact that Queen Louise is unmarried. Then emissary Count Alfred returns in disgrace from Paris, where he has carried on numerous affairs with young ladies, and learning of his escapades, the queen invites him to demonstrate his romantic prowess. The cabinet is pleased by their blossoming romance as well as by that of Jacques, Alfred's valet, and Lulu, the queen's maid. Louise and Alfred marry, but he soon is irked at having to take orders from his royal wife, though he is forced to keep up appearances because of financial negotiations with a foreign power. When he is ordered to attend the opening of the royal opera, Alfred refuses and announces he is going to Paris to get a divorce and is cold to the queen's entreaties. But when she offers to make him king and therefore her equal, he relents and they find happiness together. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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