This RARE 1935 musical-comedy B&W sound movie dvd release is titled... FOLIES BERGERE
aka Folies Bergère de Paris
Director: Roy Del Ruth
Maurice Chevalier Triumphs in a Duo Role!
An entertainer impersonates a look-alike banker, causing comic confusion for both wife and girlfriend.
This is the kind of movie musical that typifies the 1930s: mistaken identity, comical character actors, lavish sets, and production numbers in the Busby Berkeley manner. Starring Maurice Chevalier, it offers the legendary French entertainer the opportunity to play two separate characters that bear a close resemblance to one another, one being a music hall headliner with a clean-cut image whose trademark is his straw hat (like Chevalier), while the other sports a mustache, monacle and a touch of gray hair along his temple. Chevalier even gets to perform opposite two leading ladies, one his theatrical partner, the other, his wife. FOLIES BERGERE goes on record as Chevalier's last Hollywood musical for two decades, closing the chapter to this era in his career. Quite popular since his Hollywood debut in 1929, Chevalier returned to Europe where he occasionally appeared in movies abroad before beginning a new chapter in his career in 1957 when he returned to Hollywood once again where he would remain for another decade.
A gem of a movie with a bright score, interesting story, grand scale production numbers and Chevalier's masquerade as the Baron with a definite comedic flair!
OSCAR WINNER for Best Dance Direction - Dave Gould for "Straw Hat"
Maurice Chevalier - Eugene Charlier
Ann Sothern - Mimi
Merle Oberon - Baroness Genevieve Cassini
Eric Blore - Francois
Ferdinand Munier - Morizet
Walter Byron - Rene
Lumsden Hare - Gustave
Ferdinand Gottschalk - Perishot
Halliwell Hobbes - Paulet
Georges Renavent - Premier
Philip Dare - Victor
Frank McGlynn, Sr. - Joseph
Barbara Leonard - Josephine
Olin Howland - Stage Manager