The Love Parade Right before he made his first light-comedy masterpiece, 1932’s Trouble in Paradise , German-born director Ernst Lubitsch warmed up with four wispy, racy little musicals,… The Love Parade Right before he made his first light-comedy masterpiece, 1932’s Trouble in Paradise , German-born director Ernst Lubitsch warmed up with four wispy, racy little musicals,…
Movie on DVD Review

The Love Parade (2008)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 12, 2008; DVD Release Date: Feb 12, 2008; With: Maurice Chevalier

Right before he made his first light-comedy masterpiece, 1932’s Trouble in Paradise, German-born director Ernst Lubitsch warmed up with four wispy, racy little musicals, collected in a new boxed set.

The Love Parade (1929)
Maurice Chevalier is a sweetly lecherous count; Jeanette MacDonald is the queen of Sylvania. It's like a broad version of Scenes From a Marriage, except with songs. Best Musical Moment The wink-winky ''Anything to Please the Queen.'' B+

One Hour With You (1932)
The set's other Chevalier-MacDonald pairing — a cute sex romp full of infidelity — truly embodies ''the Lubitsch touch,'' referring to his gift for gentle comic effects. Best Musical Moment The cheery duet ''What a Little Thing Like a Wedding Ring Can Do.'' A-

The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
Chevalier falls for a violin-strumming bandleader (Claudette Colbert), but must marry an uptight princess (Miriam Hopkins). Best Musical Moment Hopkins becomes an underwear-burning honky-tonk piano player in ''Jazz Up Your Lingerie.'' B

Monte Carlo (1930)
Chevalier sits one out, and boy, is he missed. MacDonald runs off to the Riviera, meets drippy Jack Buchanan, and wears skimpy tops. Gee, they showed a lot of skin in the early '30s. Best Musical Moment ''Beyond the Blue Horizon'' has some sappy charm. C

Originally posted Feb 22, 2008 Published in issue #980 Feb 29, 2008 Order article reprints
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