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The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)

A romance between a struggling composer and an American singer.

Directors:

William K. Howard, Sam Wood (uncredited)

Writers:

Bella Spewack (screen play), Sam Spewack (screen play) (as Samuel Spewack) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ramon Novarro ... Victor
Jeanette MacDonald ... Shirley
Frank Morgan ... Daudet
Charles Butterworth ... Charles
Jean Hersholt ... Professor
Vivienne Segal ... Odette
Frank Conroy ... Theatre Owner
Henry Armetta ... Taxi Driver
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Concierge
Joseph Cawthorn ... Rudy
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Storyline

Victor Florescu is a talented, Brussels-based composer of serious music under the tutelage of respected Professor Bertier at the Music Conservatory. He is hoping to have his yet uncompleted operetta, "The Cat and the Fiddle", produced by famed impresario, Jules Daudet. Victor's focus in life changes when he meets Shirley Sheridan, a New Yorker just arrived in Brussels, she who moves into the pensione next to his own. He falls in love at first sight with her. She is also a composer - of the type of music more often heard in Tin Pan Alley - and is hoping to study with Professor Bertier. But it is Victor who helps her with her music. She also catches the attention of Daudet, who publishes her music although he is more interested in her as a woman. Regardless, she becomes rich and famous, and is required to move to Paris. In the short term, Victor, who moves to Paris with her, is more than willing to forgo his own musical aspirations to help her. But Victor is forced to choose between ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Gato e o Violino See more »

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Budget:

$843,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was rejected for re-release certification because the leading characters were in an illicit sexual relationship without any compensating moral values. See more »

Quotes

Victor: Every morning you and I will ride Teresa through the park. The sun will shine, the birds will sing, the flowers will bloom...
Shirley: And I'll yell for the police!
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Referenced in Hollywood Party (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

A New Love is Old
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Played on piano by Ramon Novarro, harp by Charles Butterworth and sung by Vivienne Segal
Played on piano and sung by Ramon Novarro
Reprised by Jeanette MacDonald in the show
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The dawn of MGM Jeanette
12 June 2017 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Jeanette MacDonald's first for Metro is a loose adaptation of the hit Kern-Harbach operetta co- starring Ramon Novarro and Frank Morgan, and alas, she's already becoming MGM Jeanette. A smart, suggestive comedienne at Paramount in things like "One Hour With You" and "Love Me Tonight" (to these eyes, the greatest movie musical ever), she really became a household word at Metro, in operettas, usually opposite Nelson Eddy, that increasingly encouraged her diva- hood. Here, as an American pop composer in Brussels, she's already losing her deliciously risqué sense of humor and indulging in great-lady sentimentality. Fun Jeanette isn't entirely gone, though, and she works well with Ramon, who has an attractive tenor and a good deal more acting skill than some of MacDonald's subsequent leading men. The screenplay, by the Spewacks, runs far afield of the Broadway original but makes room for most of the sublime score. And there's also a good glimpse of Vivienne Segal, a legendary Broadway soprano who'd been playing Jeanette-style leads just a few years back, at the dawn of sound. Charles Butterworth--no stranger to Kern, having supported Helen Morgan on Broadway in "Sweet Adeline"--has some funny bits, and there's a pleasing finale in early three-strip Technicolor. Jeanette followed this one up with "The Merry Widow," where, aided by Chevalier and Lubitsch, she was more her old self. Witness this one for some lovely Kern and for Novarro, but watching Jeanette trade comic finesse for prima donna respectability isn't pretty.


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