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The Firefly (1937 film)

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The Firefly
Poster - Firefly, The 01.jpg
Directed byRobert Z. Leonard
Produced byRobert Z. Leonard
Hunt Stromberg
Written byOtto A. Harbach (play)
Screenplay byFrances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
Ogden Nash
Based onThe Firefly (operetta)
StarringJeanette MacDonald
Allan Jones
Music byHerbert Stothart
Rudolf Friml
CinematographyOliver T. Marsh
Edited byRobert Kern
Production
company
Distributed byLoew's Inc.
Release date
  • September 1, 1937 (1937-09-01)
Running time
131 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$1,495,000[1][2]
Box office$1,244,000 (Domestic earnings)[1][2]
$1,430,000 (Foreign earnings)[1][2]
Jeanette MacDonald in the film's trailer
Jeanette MacDonald in the film's trailer

The Firefly is a 1937 musical film starring Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones. The film is an adaptation of the operetta of the same name by composer Rudolf Friml and librettist Otto A. Harbach that premiered on Broadway in 1912. The film used nearly all of the music from the operetta but jettisoned the plot in favor of a new storyline set in Spain during the time of the Emperor Napoleon I. It added a new song, "The Donkey Serenade" (a reworking by Herbert Stothart of Friml's 1918 orchestral piece 'Chanson'[3]), which became extremely popular, as was one of the Friml songs, "Giannina Mia". The original release prints of the film were elaborately tinted with Sepia-Blue, Sepia-Orange and Sepia-Blue-Pink.[4]

Plot

Secret agent Nina Maria Azara (Jeanette MacDonald) is working undercover for the King of Spain (Tom Rutherford) as a singer known as the "Mosca del Fuego" or "Firefly."[5] Despite her love for Captain Andre (Allan Jones), she tricks him so that his general will change the French defensive positions, thus allowing the Duke of Wellington to win the Battle of Vitoria. In the end Nina and Andre leave together for a new life in peace.

Cast

Musical Numbers

  • LOVE IS LIKE A FIREFLY
  • DANSE JEANETTE
  • THE DONKEY SERENADE
    • Music by Bob Wright, Chet Forrest, and Herbert Stothart, adapted from "Chanson" by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
    • Sung by Allan Jones
  • SYMPATHY
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
  • A WOMAN'S KISS
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
    • Sung by Allan Jones
    • Backgroung vocal by Jeanette MacDonald
  • GIANNINA MIA
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
    • Sung by Allan Jones
  • He Who Loves And Runs Away
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Gus Kahn
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
  • WHEN A MAID COMES KNOCKING AT YOUR HEART
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach, Bob Wright & Chet Forrest
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
  • I LOVE YOU DON DIEGO
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
  • OJOS ROJOS (uncredited)
    • Argentine Folk Song
    • Arranged by Manuel Alvarez Maciste
    • Played by Manuel Alvarez Maciste
  • PARA LA SALUD
    • Arranged by Herbert Stothart
    • Danced by Jeanette MacDonald
  • THE DONKEY SERENADE
    • Music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart
    • Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones
  • FINALE: "GIANNINA MIA"
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones
  • ENGLISH MARCH
    • Sung by Chorus

References

  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ a b c Turk Edward Baron "Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald (University of California Press, 1998)"
  3. ^ http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dw.asp?dc=W4280_GBAJY9806711&vw=dc
  4. ^ Westphal, Kyle (September 3, 2013). "The True Story of Tinted Talkies: An Interview with Anthony L'Abbate". Chicago Film Society. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  5. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/work/the-firefly-17420
  • Green, Stanley (1999) Hollywood Musicals Year by Year (2nd ed.), pub. Hal Leonard Corporation ISBN 0-634-00765-3 page 74

External links

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