New Moon (1940 film)

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New Moon
Poster - New Moon (1940) 01.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
W. S. Van Dyke
Produced by Robert Z. Leonard
Written by Robert Arthur
Jacques Deval
Based on The New Moon
1928 operetta 
by Sigmund Romberg
Oscar Hammerstein II
Starring Jeanette MacDonald
Nelson Eddy
Mary Boland
George Zucco
Music by Herbert Stothart
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Edited by Harold F. Kress
Release dates
  • July 19, 1940 (1940-07-19)
Running time
105 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,487,000[1]
Box office $1,290,000 (domestic earnings)[1]
$1,237,000 (foreign earnings)[1]

New Moon is a 1940 musical film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and directed by Robert Z. Leonard, with uncredited direction by W. S. Van Dyke.

It is the second film adaptation of the operetta The New Moon, which premiered on Broadway in 1928. The stage version featured music by Sigmund Romberg and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and others. The first film adaptation, also titled New Moon, which premiered in 1930, was less faithful to the stage version.

Plot summary[edit]

During the 18th century in New Orleans, Louisiana, a French nobleman in disguise as a bondsman, Charles (Nelson Eddy) leads his fellow bondsman in revolt against his ship's captain, commandeering the ship and heading out to sea.



  1. ^ a b c Turk, Edward Baron (1998). Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-22253-9. 

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