Maurice Chevalier’s randy Viennese lieutenant is enamored of Claudette Colbert’s freethinking, all-girl-orchestra-leading cutie. Yet complications ensue when the sexually repressed princess of the fictional kingdom of Flausenthurm, played by newcomer Miriam Hopkins, sets her sights on him.
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This is by far the weakest of the 3 Lubtisch musicals I have seen. Claudette Colbert's character was the only one who felt genuine. Hopkins' character who changes herself to attract a man is reminiscent of Sandy changing herself to attract Danny in Grease decades later. Maurice Chevalier seemed creepier in this one than the others.
The charm and music won me over, but the last 15 minutes lost me. Claudette Colbert's character is the only one I feel is respected by the movie as a whole, the other two leads are reduced to one whose infatuation leads to discarding who she is in order to attract a man and another whose love is so petty as to be swayed by lingerie. Perhaps there is an intended irony here I am not getting, I am not certain.
3.5 - it's still early days for musicals so it comes off as a bit stilted at times, but Chevalier, Colbert, and Hopkins all put in great, winking performances and "Jazz Up Your Lingerie" encapsulates everything that I love about Pre-Code Hollywood.
Another excellent Lubitsch, easily the top director of the 30s. Chevalier plays the Casanova well, Colbert and Hopkins in the same film makes it instantly worth watching, and the script featuring some of the dumbest but insanely catchy songs of the period all add up to brilliance. Lubitsch + Hopkins sure resulted in some must-sees, this one is no different. Highly recommended