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The Big Pond (1930)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 May 1930 (USA)
A tour guide in Venice romances a visiting American tourist whose father owns a chewing-gum factory back in the U.S. She sets out to convince her skeptical father to bring the tour guide to America and give him a job in the plant.

Director:

Hobart Henley

Writers:

Garrett Fort (story), George Middleton (play) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maurice Chevalier ... Pierre Mirande
Claudette Colbert ... Barbara Billings
George Barbier ... Mr. Billings
Marion Ballou Marion Ballou ... Mrs. Billings
Andrée Corday Andrée Corday ... Toinette
Frank Lyon Frank Lyon ... Ronnie
Nat Pendleton ... Pat O'Day
Elaine Koch Elaine Koch ... Jennie
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Storyline

A tour guide in Venice romances a visiting American tourist whose father owns a chewing-gum factory back in the U.S. She sets out to convince her skeptical father to bring the tour guide to America and give him a job in the plant.

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A true Chevalier production, which holds your interest and keeps you with a smile on your face throughout. (Print Ad- Turtle Mountain Star, ((Rolla, N.D.)) 16 April 1931)


Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gran charco See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)| Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Pierre Mirande: He can try to bluff me as much as he likes! But me? I'm like a good French cheese!
Pat O'Day: Cheese? How's that?
Pierre Mirande: Every day, I get stronger and stronger!
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Lucky Day
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
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"People's jaws in perpetual motion"
5 December 2010 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Pierre (Maurice Chevalier) is invited to work in the USA for Mr Billings's (George Barbier) chewing gum factory. Pierre wants to marry Mr Billings's daughter Barbara (Claudette Colbert). However, neither her father nor her fiancée, Ronnie (Frank Lyon) are too keen on this idea and they try to force him to return home. However, Pierre discovers a new flavour chewing-gum and is quickly embraced into the corporate world. How will Barbara respond....she can't stand the corporate world....

The film contains a couple of good songs but that's it. The story drags and Claudette Colbert isn't given much to do. She has a funny line or two but I think that it is George Barbier who has the best role. The film is also in poor condition picture-wise and this brings it down overall. Not worth keeping onto.


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