Rose Marie (1954 film)

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Rose Marie
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy
Produced by Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited)
Written by Otto A. Harbach (operetta)
Oscar Hammerstein II (operetta)
Ronald Millar
George Froeschel
Starring Ann Blyth
Howard Keel
Fernando Lamas
Cinematography Paul Vogel
Edited by Harold F. Kress
Release date
  • March 3, 1954 (1954-03-03) (Chicago)
Running time
103-115 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,984,000[1]
Box office $5,277,000[1]
Poster from the movie

Rose Marie is a 1954 musical adaptation of the 1924 operetta of the same name, the third to be filmed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 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. This version is filmed in the Canadian Rockies in CinemaScope. It was MGM's first US produced film in the new widescreen medium (having been preceded by the British made Knights of the Round Table) and the first movie musical of any studio to be released in this format.

The story adheres closely to that of the original libretto, unlike the 1936 version. It is somewhat altered by a tomboy to lady conversion for the title character.


Only three numbers are retained from the original musical: "Rose Marie", "Indian Love Call", and "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", and "Love And Kisses". The latter was filmed, but deleted from the release print (it is included 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.



According to MGM records the film earned $2,835,000 in the US and Canada and $2,442,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $284,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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