The Firefly (film)

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The Firefly
Poster - Firefly, The 01.jpg
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Produced by Robert Z. Leonard
Hunt Stromberg
Written by Otto A. Harbach (play)
Screenplay by Frances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
Ogden Nash
Based on The Firefly (operetta)
Starring Jeanette MacDonald
Allan Jones
Music by Herbert Stothart
Rudolf Friml
Cinematography Oliver T. Marsh
Edited by Robert Kern
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • September 1, 1937 (1937-09-01)
Running time 131 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,495,000[1]
Box office $1,244,000 (Domestic earnings)[1]
$1,430,000 (Foreign earnings)[1]
Jeanette MacDonald in the film's trailer

The Firefly is a 1937 musical film starring Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones. The film is an adaptation of the operetta of the same name by composer Rudolf Friml and librettist Otto A. Harbach that premiered on Broadway in 1912. The film used nearly all of the music from the operetta but jettisoned the plot in favor of a new storyline set in Spain during the time of the Emperor Napoleon I. It added a new song, "The Donkey Serenade", which became popular, as was one of the Friml songs, "Giannina Mia", both of which were released on 78 r.p.m. gramophone records.

Plot[edit]

Secret agent Nina Maria Azara (Jeanette MacDonald) is working undercover for the King of Spain (Tom Rutherford) as a singer known as the "Mosca del Fuego" or "Firefly."[2] Despite her love for Captain Andre (Allan Jones), she tricks him so that his general will change the French defensive positions, thus allowing the Duke of Wellington to win the Battle of Vitoria. In the end Nina and Andre leave together for a new life in peace.

Cast[edit]

Musical Numbers[edit]

  • DANSE JEANETTE
    • Written by Herbert Stothart
    • Danced by Jeanette MacDonald
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
  • THE DONKEY SERENADE
    • By Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart
    • Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
    • Sung by Allan Jones
  • SYMPATHY
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
  • A WOMAN'S KISS
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
    • Sung by Allan Jones
    • Backgroung vocal by Jeanette MacDonald
  • GIANNINA MIA
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
    • Sung by Allan Jones
  • He Who Loves And Runs Away
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Gus Kahn
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
  • WHEN A MAID COMES KNOCKING AT YOUR HEART
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach, Bob Wright & Chet Forrest
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
  • I LOVE YOU DON DIEGO
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
  • OJOS ROJOS (uncredited)
    • Argentine Folk Song
    • Arranged by Manuel Alvarez Maciste
    • Played by Manuel Alvarez Maciste
  • PARA LA SALUD
    • Arranged by Herbert Stothart
    • Danced by Jeanette MacDonald
  • THE DONKEY SERENADE
    • Music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart
    • Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones
  • FINALE: "GIANNINA MIA"
    • Music by Rudolf Friml
    • Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
    • Sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones
  • ENGLISH MARCH
    • Sung by Chorus

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Turk Edward Baron "Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald (University of California Press, 1998)"
  2. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/work/the-firefly-17420

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