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The Chocolate Soldier

  • Musical
  • Comedy
  • 1941
  • Roy Del Ruth
  • 101 mins
  • U

Summary

Maria and Karl Lang are the singing duo of Vienna. Maria is very flirtatious and Karl very jealous. Karl decides to masquerade as a Russian guardsman and attempts to make Maria flirt with him - to test her loyalty to him - as the Russian, Karl makes a vigorous attempt to seduce Maria. For a moment she accepts then rejects. Karl is left in turmoil...

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Not the Oscar Straus operetta from which it takes its title (and retains some of its songs), but Ferenc Molnar's famous play The Guardsman, (filmed in 1931) rejigged as a musical, with the married actors changed to married opera stars. Nelson Eddy is the husband whose insane jealousy leads him to disguise himself and court his wife to test her fidelity; then up-and-coming opera soprano Risë Stevens co-stars. As with The Guardsman, the story now creaks with age, but Eddy's masquerade as an over-the-top Cossack officer is wonderful, the movie is bursting with song, including the famous aria from Samson and Delilah, and the MGM production values are all you might expect.

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Credits

Cast

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Karl Lang / Vassily VassilievitchNelson Eddy
Maria LanyiRisë Stevens
Bernard FischerNigel Bruce
Mme Helene PugsyFlorence Bates
Liesel "Maid"Nydia Westman

Crew

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DirectorRoy Del Ruth

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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