Rose Marie (1954)

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    • Rose Marie (1954)

      ROSE MARIE
      (1954)


      DIRECTED & PRODUCED BY MERVYN LEROY
      METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER (M.G.M.
      )


      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Tomboy Rose Marie Lemaitre, the orphaned ward of Mountie Mike Malone,
      falls in love with him, and he with her.
      But when she goes to "learn to be a lady", she meets outlaw trapper James Duval,
      who also falls in love with her. But Duval is in a dispute
      with the local Native American chief Black Eagle, and soon Black Eagle is murdered.
      Written by Albert Sanchez Moreno

      Full Cast
      Ann Blyth ... Rose Marie Lemaitre
      Howard Keel ... Capt. Mike Malone
      Fernando Lamas ... James Severn Duval
      Bert Lahr ... Barney McCorkle
      Marjorie Main ... Lady Jane Dunstock
      Joan Taylor ... Wanda
      Ray Collins ... Insp. Appleby
      Chief Yowlachie ... Black Eagle
      Robert Anderson ... Corporal (uncredited)
      Robert Bray ... Mountie (uncredited)
      Bruce Carruthers ... Sergeant (uncredited)
      John Damler ... Orderly (uncredited)
      Billy Dix ... Mess Waiter (uncredited)
      Al Ferguson ... Woodsman in Saloon (uncredited)
      Abel Fernandez ... Indian Warrior (uncredited)
      Dabbs Greer ... Charity Dance Cashier (uncredited)
      Frank Hagney ... Woodsman in Saloon (uncredited)
      Lumsden Hare ... The Judge (uncredited)
      Joseph Lenzi ... Johnny Lang (uncredited)
      James Logan ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
      John Pickard ... Orderly (uncredited)
      Thurl Ravenscroft ... Indian Medicine Man (uncredited)
      Marshall Reed ... Mountie (uncredited)
      Gordon Richards ... Attorney (uncredited)
      Carl Saxe ... Mountie (uncredited)
      Mickey Simpson ... Big Trapper at Charity Dance (uncredited)
      Guy Teague ... Mountie (uncredited)
      Bud Wolfe ... Mountie (uncredited)
      Sheb Wooley ... Corporal (uncredited)
      Sally Yarnell ... Hostess (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Ronald Millar (screenplay) and
      George Froeschel (screenplay)
      Otto A. Harbach (operetta) and
      Oscar Hammerstein II (operetta)

      Original Music
      Albert Sendrey (uncredited)
      George Stoll (uncredited)
      Robert Van Eps (uncredited)

      Cinematography
      Paul Vogel

      Trivia
      Originally, Thurl Ravenscroft was to be only the single voice double for the Medicine Man.
      However, the actor could not synchronize his lip movements to Thurl's recording,
      so the studio called in Thurl at the last minute to actually play the role on-screen.

      Adapted from a Broadway play that opened on September 2, 1924
      at the Imperial Theatre in New York and ran for 557 performances.

      Previously filmed twice, as a silent film starring Joan Crawford, Rose-Marie, and later starring
      Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, Rose-Marie.

      Joan Crawford, who played Ann Blyth's mother in Mildred Pierce, played Rose Marie
      in the original version of this film, Rose-Marie.

      A comic duet by Bert Lahr and Marjorie Main, "Love and Kisses" (music by Rudolf Friml, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster)
      was deleted from the release print. The filmed number is included on the 2011 DVD from Warner Bros.
      The Lahr-Main audio was first presented on the 1954 soundtrack LP from MGM Records,
      and a CD track is available on a 2011 import from the 101 Distribution label.

      Filming Locations
      Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
      Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

      [extendedmedia]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owkPiQh6wEU[/extendedmedia]
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Western Musicals- Rose Marie (1954)

      Rose Marie is a 1954 musical adaptation of the 1924 operetta
      of the same name, the third by MGM, following a 1928 silent movie
      and the best-known of the three, the 1936 Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy version.



      It is directed by Mervyn LeRoy and stars Ann Blyth, Howard Keel and Fernando Lamas.
      The story adheres closely to that of the original libretto, unlike the 1936 version.
      It is somewhat improved by a tomboy to lady conversion for the title character
      (reference ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, CALAMITY JANE, and later GIGI).
      Only 3 numbers are retained: ROSE MARIE, INDIAN LOVE CALL, THE MOUNTIES.
      Five new songs were written for the film: THE RIGHT PLACE FOR A GIRL,
      FREE TO BE FREE, THE MOUNTIE WHO NEVER GOT HIS MAN, I HAVE THE LOVE,
      LOVE AND KISSES. The last was filmed, but deleted from the release print -
      it is a special feature on the dvd version of the film.

      An Indian totem dance with choreography by Busby Berkeley (his last) takes the place
      of the original number TOTEM TOM TOM.
      This new number does not make use
      of that song's music or lyric, despite a claim on the dvd cover.
      This version is beautifully filmed in the Canadian rockies in CinemaScope.
      It was MGM's first film in the new widescreen medium and the first movie musical
      of any studio to be released in this format.

      User Review
      16 April 2003 | by Greg Couture (Portland, Oregon)
      Saw this on a massive CinemaScope screen during its first-run release at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California. If memory serves (since I haven't caught it on a Turner Classic Movies broadcast recently) it was enjoyable and nicely mounted, although I seem to recall that a lot of it was done on some massive MGM soundstages rather than outdoors in the northern California and Canadian locations. Of course that was usually the case with musicals with outdoor settings. Technical considerations prompted the studios to go the easy route of utilizing the more easily controlled environments of, in MGM's case, their Culver City, Calif. lot and stages subbing for the great outdoors. Howard Keel and Ann Blyth (and Fernando Lamas, too) acquitted themselves quite nicely in the vocal department. And any movie that gives us Marjorie Main and Bert Lahr for some expert comic relief is to be fondly remembered. Although its popularity may not merit it, it would be nice to add a DVD version, not yet available, it appears, of this widescreen/stereo remake to one's video library.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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