#65 Love Me Tonight (1932)

Introducing the seventh most popular film of 1932 starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald in a musical that will turn you into a real romantic if you aren’t one already. Love Me Tonight is about a tailor who pretends to be a Baron just so he is able to get the money he is owed back but then keeps up his disguise when he falls for a beautiful princess seeking for new love.

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Isn’t it romantic? No really, isn’t it romantic? Because there’s nothing more romantic than hearing and seeing the sequence of “Isn’t it Romantic?” I love how with that sequence, it’s not just the tailor that sings that song but all of the supporting characters such as a driver, gypsies, the army and then the princess to show that song relates and connects everyone who dreams of romance in their life. This story reminded me of Cinderella in which the main character is considered low in high society but feels the need to add a fake label to himself to impress the one he loves. That song “The Son of a Gun Was a Tailor” was hilarious how being a tailor back then was considered like being a hobo! 

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I was very impressed with Jeanette MacDonald‘s performance and her singing voice. It was very operatic. So much talent. You can definitely tell that this film was made during the Pre-Code era in that there were a few scenes where a woman is in lingerie or when you see her bare legs. Write in if you would find it reasonable to censor those scenes during the Production Code era. That’s why filmmakers back then should be lucky that they were able to make their films during the Pre-Code era before everything had to be nitpicked. My favorite scene was the climatic chase scene of seeing MacDonald riding on a horse as she’s trying to stop the train. The camera angle of her from below as she stands on the tracks shows that she’s running the show here. This film is worth seeing if you love musicals and if you need your heart strings tugged.

Watch this delightful musical-comedy and write in what you think. Click on the left side to open the playlist and start from the clip at the bottom. The playlist goes in order from bottom to top:

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