New Moon (1940)

105 mins | Comedy-drama | 28 June 1940

Producer:

Robert Z. Leonard

Cinematographers:

William Daniels, Oliver T. Marsh

Editor:

Harold F. Kress

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Lover Come Back , and it was broadcast on television as Parisian Belle . HR news items in late Nov 1939 note that director W. S. Van Dyke worked on this film for about two weeks, but was reassigned to direct I Take This Woman , leaving producer Robert Z. Leonard to take his place. An item in HR comments that Nat Pendleton was to have appeared in this picture. Pendleton can be seen very briefly early in the picture as a bondsman standing next to Nelson Eddy. It is possible that his part was intended to be longer but was cut prior to the film's preview. In the same scene, silent star Buster Keaton is seen on the opposite side of Eddy, however, he is also unbilled in contemporary sources. According to HR , the steamboat scenes were filmed by Clyde de Vinna at Santa Catalina Island, CA. Reviews commented on the similarity between this film and M-G-M's 1935 film Naughty Marietta , which also starred Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. In 1931, M-G-M filmed another version of New Moon starring Grace Moore and Lawrence Tibbett (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

The working title of this picture was Lover Come Back , and it was broadcast on television as Parisian Belle . HR news items in late Nov 1939 note that director W. S. Van Dyke worked on this film for about two weeks, but was reassigned to direct I Take This Woman , leaving producer Robert Z. Leonard to take his place. An item in HR comments that Nat Pendleton was to have appeared in this picture. Pendleton can be seen very briefly early in the picture as a bondsman standing next to Nelson Eddy. It is possible that his part was intended to be longer but was cut prior to the film's preview. In the same scene, silent star Buster Keaton is seen on the opposite side of Eddy, however, he is also unbilled in contemporary sources. According to HR , the steamboat scenes were filmed by Clyde de Vinna at Santa Catalina Island, CA. Reviews commented on the similarity between this film and M-G-M's 1935 film Naughty Marietta , which also starred Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. In 1931, M-G-M filmed another version of New Moon starring Grace Moore and Lawrence Tibbett (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.3107). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Jun 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Jun 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Nov 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 39
p. 4, 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 39
pp. 5-6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Dec 39
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
18 Jun 40
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Jan 40
p. 61.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jun 40
pp. 50-51.
New York Times
19 Jul 40
p. 22.
Variety
19 Jun 40
p. 14.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Paul E. Burns
Alden Chase
David Alison
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Steamboat scenes photog by
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
Men's cost
MUSIC
SOUND
Rec dir
DANCE
Dances
MAKEUP
Makeup
STAND INS
Vocal Stand-in for Jeanette MacDonald
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the operetta New Moon , book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, Frank Mandel and Laurence Schwab, music by Sigmund Romberg (New York, 19 Sep 1928).
SONGS
"One Kiss," "Wanting You," "Lover Come Back to Me," "Stouthearted Men," "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise," "Marianne," "Tavern Scene (Take a Flower)" "Gorgeous Alexander" and "Funny Little Sailor Men," music by Sigmund Romberg, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
"Bayou Voices," music and lyrics by Herbert Stothart
"La Marseillaises," music and lyrics by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
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SONGS
"One Kiss," "Wanting You," "Lover Come Back to Me," "Stouthearted Men," "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise," "Marianne," "Tavern Scene (Take a Flower)" "Gorgeous Alexander" and "Funny Little Sailor Men," music by Sigmund Romberg, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
"Bayou Voices," music and lyrics by Herbert Stothart
"La Marseillaises," music and lyrics by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
"Soon I Will Be Done," composer undetermined.
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DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Parisian Belle
Lover Come Back
Release Date:
28 June 1940
Production Date:
early November 1939--early January 1940
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
17 June 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9721
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
105
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6046
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1789, the Duke de Vidier, a young French aristocrat, renounces his claim of nobility to further the cause of the revolution by freeing the bond servants in New Orleans. Then while posing as a deported servant named Charles Michon, the duke sails on a ship bound for New Orleans, where he meets the spoiled Marianne de Beaumanoir, who mistakes him for a ship's officer. At the family plantation in New Orleans, Marianne is shocked when she discovers that Charles is her new footman. The town gossips are enthralled by the charming and sophisticated footman, who claims he worked for a dashing duke, and Marianne falls in love with him. Consequently, when the Vicomte Ribaud appears at the plantation to arrest the duke, who he claims is impersonating a servant, Marianne orders Charles to leave. Learning that his plot has been uncovered, Charles rallies the bond servants to seize a ship named the New Moon , and they sail off to freedom. A lonely Marianne decides to sail back to France on the next available ship, and hence, she and her aunt board the Fleur de Lys , a vessel bearing a cargo of brides bound for Martinique. At sea, the New Moon attacks the Fleur de Lys , and in the ensuing battle, the New Moon is sunk and her men take command of the Fleur de Lys and her cargo. During a severe storm, the ship is thrown off course and wrecked on the reef of an unchartered island. After settling on the island, Charles announces that the men and women ... +


In 1789, the Duke de Vidier, a young French aristocrat, renounces his claim of nobility to further the cause of the revolution by freeing the bond servants in New Orleans. Then while posing as a deported servant named Charles Michon, the duke sails on a ship bound for New Orleans, where he meets the spoiled Marianne de Beaumanoir, who mistakes him for a ship's officer. At the family plantation in New Orleans, Marianne is shocked when she discovers that Charles is her new footman. The town gossips are enthralled by the charming and sophisticated footman, who claims he worked for a dashing duke, and Marianne falls in love with him. Consequently, when the Vicomte Ribaud appears at the plantation to arrest the duke, who he claims is impersonating a servant, Marianne orders Charles to leave. Learning that his plot has been uncovered, Charles rallies the bond servants to seize a ship named the New Moon , and they sail off to freedom. A lonely Marianne decides to sail back to France on the next available ship, and hence, she and her aunt board the Fleur de Lys , a vessel bearing a cargo of brides bound for Martinique. At sea, the New Moon attacks the Fleur de Lys , and in the ensuing battle, the New Moon is sunk and her men take command of the Fleur de Lys and her cargo. During a severe storm, the ship is thrown off course and wrecked on the reef of an unchartered island. After settling on the island, Charles announces that the men and women should pair off to establish a new society based on liberty and equality. This presents problems for Marianne, who is pursued by a pack of suitors, and out of desperation, she reluctantly agrees to marry Charles, who she has decided is an incorrigible womanizer. On their wedding night, the roar of cannons draw the men to shore in defense of their new home, and a terrified Marianne realizes that she really loves Charles. When Charles returns with the news that the French fleet has arrived with news that France is free, he and Marianne declare their love for each other. +

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