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New Moon (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 17 January 1931 (USA)
New Moon is the name of the ship crossing the Caspian Sea. A young Lt. Petroff meets the Princess Tanya and they have a ship board romance. Upon arriving at the port of Krasnov, Petroff ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Conway

Writers:

Oscar Hammerstein II (book) (as Oscar Hammerstein 2nd), Frank Mandel (book) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Tibbett ... Lieutenant Michael Petroff
Grace Moore ... Princess Tanya Strogoff
Adolphe Menjou ... Governor Boris Brusiloff
Roland Young ... Count Strogoff
Gus Shy Gus Shy ... Potkin
Emily Fitzroy ... Countess Anastasia Strogoff
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New Moon is the name of the ship crossing the Caspian Sea. A young Lt. Petroff meets the Princess Tanya and they have a ship board romance. Upon arriving at the port of Krasnov, Petroff learns that Tanya is engaged to the old Governor Brusiloff. Petroff, disillusioned, crashes the ball to talk with Tanya. Found by Brusiloff, they invent a story about her lost bracelet. To reward him, and remove him, Brusiloff sends Petroff to the remote, and deadly, Fort Darvaz. Soon, the big battle against overwhelming odds will begin. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Taglines:

"A PRINCESS ON THE THRONE"- A LOVER AT HER FEET- You'll Love Them Both in "NEW MOON" (Print Ad- Evening Independent, ((St. Petersburg, Fla.)) 3 June 1931)

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Parisian Belle See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Some production charts included Hale Hamilton and Marie Mosquini in the cast, but they were not seen in the movie. See more »

Goofs

The credits list "New Moon" as the title of the original operetta, but its title was "The New Moon". See more »

Quotes

Princess Tanya Strogoff: I speak gypsy.
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Crazy Credits

Opening card: Through the Caspian, the most easterly of western seas, the ship New Moon drives toward the port of Krasnov, the most westerly of eastern towns. See more »

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Version of New Moon (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Wanting You
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung a cappella by Lawrence Tibbett on the ship
Reprised by him and Grace Moore on the ship
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Not full moon, but still bright
21 December 2018 | by Revelator_See all my reviews

Yes, it's an early musical based on an operetta and inherently ridiculous, silly, and overblown. Those are its best qualities too. As Oscar Wilde said, nothing succeeds like excess.

Lawrence Tibbett and Grace Moore don't go together, except when they sing. The combined force of their voices on "Wanting You" and "Lover Come Back to Me" is a sonic wonder to behold. Moore's acting is not bad, but she has a haughty standoffish quality toward the camera. Tibbett is more relaxed and retains the buoyant swashbuckling brio--and shattering baritone--that made him unique as an opera singer/film star. The supporting cast is a worldly set of sly dogs: Adolphe Menjou, Roland Young, and Gus Shy.

Director Jack Conway and cinematographer Oliver T. Marsh sneak in bits of camera movement more sophisticated than expected, but the editor seems to fall asleep on occasion. The picture throws in some vigorous battle scenes at the end; they're marred by undercranking.

New Moon is a pre-code film, with some eyebrow raising lines and innuendos in its first third. Most jaw-dropping is Tibbett's savage performance of "What Is Your Price Madam"--at an engagement party!


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