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Stingaree (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 25 May 1934 (USA)
A young woman is seduced by a charismatic highwayman who offers her promises of fame as a singer in exchange for romance.

Director:

William A. Wellman (as William Wellman)

Writers:

Becky Gardiner (screen play), Lynn Riggs (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Hilda Bouverie
Richard Dix ... Stingaree
Mary Boland ... Mrs. Clarkson
Conway Tearle ... Sir Julian Kent
Andy Devine ... Howie
Henry Stephenson ... Mr. Hugh Clarkson
George Barraud ... Radford
Una O'Connor ... Annie
'Snub' Pollard ... Victor
Reginald Owen ... The Governor-General
Billy Bevan ... Mac
Robert Greig ... The Innkeeper
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A young woman is seduced by a charismatic highwayman who offers her promises of fame as a singer in exchange for romance.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bandoleiro do Amor See more »

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Budget:

$408,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Color:

Color (hand-colored)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rather than build their own opera-house set for the final concert sequence, RKO went to Universal and shot the sequence on the standing set built for the 1925 Lon Chaney version of The Phantom of the Opera (1925) See more »

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Hilda says that marriage to Sir Julian will make her a peeress. A peeress is the wife of a lord; Sir Julian is not a lord but a knight, a lower rank in the hierarchy of titles. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Clarkson: ...Why, the very foundation of empire is woman's virginity.
Sir Julian Kent: Chastity, madame, chastity. No empire would get very far with virginity.
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Soundtracks

Tonight Is Mine
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by W. Franke Harling
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played on a music box
Performed by Irene Dunne (vocal) and Richard Dix (vocal and piano)
Reprised by them at the party
Reprised by Irene Dunne at a Melbourne concert
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A pleasant adventure in days gone by
27 March 2012 | by lora64See all my reviews

I've just seen "Stingaree" the first time on TCM and enjoyed every bit of it as it takes me back to the excitement of the early movies I saw as a kid paying 25 cents for an all-day stay at the theatre on Saturday. To start was an hour of cartoons, the newsreel, then two feature films and we could stay to see it all over again if we wanted to. Those were the days! It does seem that the subject of Nellie Melba could've had a strong influence on this story, an unknown Australian singer who becomes famous worldwide. Irene Dunne is the servant girl Hilda who has dreams of a career and is given the chance to sing for the impresario Sir Julian. I had visions of Jeannette MacDonald in this role, it's her style, but Irene Dunne gives a more integrated performance and her singing is finer as it has somewhat more volume to project, in my opinion.

There ought to be a special medal created for Mary Boland, she's quite something in all her films, over the top, hilarious, showy, a grand flurry of mannerisms, delightful and absurd. She certainly adds wit to her films. Her amusing reference to protecting "British womanhood's virginity" brought back the quip, "Oh no, my dear, you mean chastity. Britain wouldn't have survived on women's virginity," was quite a funny hint.

Richard Dix has the role of Stingaree, the thief who is being hunted but he does have a good heart and is determined to help Hilda get her chance to be heard by Sir Julian which succeeds and she's off to make her career although Stingaree unfortunately gets captured in the process and must put in his time in jail during her venture into the world.

I'm always charmed by Una O'Connor who plays Annie the maid. She has such a distinctive presence in all her roles, one can only wonder what it'd have been without her in so many great movies such as Robin Hood (Errol Flynn) and Witness For The Prosecution (Ty Power).

Henry Stephenson performs as the man of the house, Mr Clarkson, married to the Mrs., Mary Boland, his is not a very large role but well done.

Andy Devine is quite young in this film and he plays the 'sidekick' of Stingaree for their robbery excursions.

One ought to be fair in judging the old movies, after all, the acting that was done in silent films is not what they did when talkies came along. So too, we should consider the time period and settle into that when viewing the oldies. Each decade brought along its own styles and fashions, and that needs to be taken into account when making a comment.

All in all I enjoyed a first viewing of this adventure/ romance/ comedy film and I believe it's available to buy so that's good news too. Add it to your collection if you are a dedicated collector. Well worth it!


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