The Chocolate Soldier

  • 1941
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Eddy and Stevens are married and the toast of Vienna. Eddy is jealous of his wife's flirtatious nature and, to test her, he poses as a Russian visitor. He has himself introduced at a nightclub as a new singer and directs his songs to her. She recognizes him, pretends she doesn't, and the fun begins. This movie has a strange background. George Bernard Shaw...read more

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Eddy and Stevens are married and the toast of Vienna. Eddy is jealous of his wife's flirtatious nature and, to test her, he poses as a Russian visitor. He has himself introduced at a nightclub as a new singer and directs his songs to her. She recognizes him, pretends she doesn't, and the

fun begins. This movie has a strange background. George Bernard Shaw wrote a play called "Arms And The Man." Oscar Straus made it into an operetta called "The Chocolate Soldier" and a few of the tunes are in this movie, but the picture is actually a remake of Ferenc Molnar's "The Guardsman," which

was originally a Lunt-Fontanne vehicle for MGM in 1931. Shaw's play had been committed to Gabriel Pascal (Cecil Lewis directed it in 1932 with Barry Jones starring in the British-made version) and so the MGM story department grafted the musical score onto another plot! Bruce, who was scoring

strongly as Dr. Watson, does a neat turn as a family friend, as does Bates. Eddy is at his best in the role, a part that gives him the opportunity to stretch out and overplay as the Russian. He was never this impressive again. The film earned Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Sound,

and Best Score. Songs: "While My Lady Sleeps" (Gus Kahn, Bronislau Kaper), "Song of the Flea" (Mussorgsky), "Evening Star" (from "Tannhauser"), "Seek the Spy" (Stanislaus Stange, Kahn, Oscar Straus), "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice" (Saint-Saens), "Mon Coeur" (Bizet), "Ti-Ra-La-La" (Stange, Kahn,

Straus), "My Hero," "Thank the Lord the War Is Over," "Sympathy," "The Chocolate Soldier," "Forgive" (Stange, Straus).

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