Enrico Ferraro, a famous singer tired of his demanding schedule, sees the occasion to take a holiday when his train stops at the same station than another one going to the Swiss riviera in the opposite direction. He jumps off leaving his efficient but unsympathetic manager and feels free at last for some time. On the train he befriends Koretzky, a charming young man with more wits than money, and they stop at a beautiful lakeside village. When Ferraro´s presence is known, alas, and besieging about to begin, he has the brilliant idea of changing places with his new friend and becomes his secretary. Free again to ramble in his car along the villages, he meets Mathilde, the mayor and his family, and will have to think of something to both win his girl and take Koretzky out of trouble when he is impelled to sing.
Full of beautiful songs by Mischa Spoliansky, La Danza tarantella and several operatic arias, this is another fine example of a musical comedy to the best of Polish tenor Jan Kiepura before he would met and marry Hungarian operetta star Martha Éggerth, becoming one of the most beloved musical couples of the day. The opening song, Heute Nacht oder nie/Cette nuit mon amour became a hit of the day and would be covered by several other singers like Kiepura´s contemporary Joseph Schmidt.
As it was customary in those times before dubbing became usual, three versions were shooted : German, English and French. In this case the French one is the finest, mainly because of Pierre Brasseur who has a touch of both elegance and fresh easiness that matches Kiepura´s one, and because he is by far a better false vocalist than Fritz Schulz and does not have the vaudevillian twist of Sonnie Hale but a subtler comicity. Magda Schneider plays in all three versions the naughty and modern girl who knows about car mechanics but fails to avoid falling out of the road because of checking her lipstick. Anatole Litvak directed all three versions, aided by Pierre Colombier in this one.
Stunning Swiss landscapes even in black-and-white, beautiful songs in Kiepura´s energetic delivery, sunshine, fresh air and dancing at night, the riviera, romance and a touch of comedy... it doesn´t need any more. Enjoy it!
Tell Me Tonight
Tell Me Tonight
Opera singer Enrico Ferraro, tired of his too many engagements, jumps off the train escaping from his manager and changes to another going to the Riviera. He makes a friend and stops at a village, where (it seems) he can at last have some well deserved holidays, with the added interest of meeting a beautiful girl in the surroundings.
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July 26, 2020 at 07:40 PM