Wolf Song

  • 1929
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Romance

Set in the 1840s in the trapper country of California and Canada, WOLF SONG was billed by Paramount as the "first musical film romance." Cooper stars as a disheveled Kentucky trapper who rides the trails with his friends Wolheim and Romanoff until he meets and falls in love with Velez. Her father, Vavitch, a Mexican don, is opposed to their romance, but...read more

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Set in the 1840s in the trapper country of California and Canada, WOLF SONG was billed by Paramount as the "first musical film romance." Cooper stars as a disheveled Kentucky trapper who rides the trails with his friends Wolheim and Romanoff until he meets and falls in love with Velez. Her

father, Vavitch, a Mexican don, is opposed to their romance, but rather than give up, Cooper elopes with the girl and takes her off to the mountains. They marry and Cooper settles into a life of domesticity. Before long, however, he yearns to be back in the wilderness with his trapper friends. One

day he leaves Velez and sets out to find Wolheim and Romanoff, but before he does so, he has a change of heart and heads back. Along the way, he is ambushed by a band of Indians led by Regas. Badly wounded, Cooper makes his way back to Velez who, although she hates him for abandoning her, accepts

him back. While performing okay at the box office, WOLF SONG received a great deal of attention for the torrid love affair that had erupted off-screen between Cooper and Velez and a rumored nude swimming scene that had been included in the picture. The swimming scene proved to be too far in the

distance to be revealing, but rumors of the stars' romance were indeed a reason to gossip. Cooper and Velez had fallen in love during the production and talk of marriage was in the air. Hoping to discourage such a union, Paramount reportedly threatened to take action if Cooper and Velez wed. After

being a gossip column item for two years, Cooper and Velez, without ever hearing the ring of wedding bells, went their separate ways. The film includes two Mexican love songs delivered by Velez "Mi Amado" and "Yo Te Amo Means I Love You" (Richard Whiting, Alfred Bryan). Acting as assistant

director was Henry Hathaway, who would eventually direct Cooper in seven pictures including the fine 1935 film THE LIVES OF A BENGAL LANCER.

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