“Marianne” is a rather lengthy musical for the early Talkies era. Coming in just under 2 hours, we get a full album’s worth of music as Marion Davies thrills viewers with a light-hearted look at World War I. It’s nothing but a bunch of soldiers flirting with a local chick. The titular character takes care of war orphans and does her best to keep spirits up. But, what happens when she loses a roast pig meant for the local General?
These are the kinds of problems that people had in Depression era cinema. I guess that they needed something light hearted like war time comedies, while stockbrokers jumped out of windows. It’s a cute little flick that serves as a time capsule. But, it’s a trifle. There’s nothing here that anyone will ever remember even from the era. That being said, it’s a solid look at what made Marion Davies into a second tier star.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 1.20:1 standard definition transfer
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- Video - 94%94%
- Audio - 86%86%
- Supplemental Material - 0%0%
Following triumphs in the silent The Patsy, The Cardboard Lover and Show People, Marion Davies took her first headlong leap into talkies with the crazy-quilt musical- comedy-romance Marianne, inspired by and from the scriptwriter of (believe it or not) King Vidor’s The Big Parade. Sporting a bawdy fractured-English accent, she plays an earthy French peasant who runs an inn and cares for war orphans in a village where a troop of American soldiers is demobilizing from World War I action. Despite musical maneuvers by eager doughboys (including Cliff “Ukelele Ike” Edwards and Benny Rubin), she finally falls for persistent Pvt. Stagg (Lawrence Gray), whom she rescues from the brig after he pinches the pet pig she roasted for a general’s dinner. Difficulties arise when her MIA soldier fiancee returns. But not before eight catchy tunes (such as “Just You, Just Me” and “When I See My Sugar”) delight and dandy Davies impersonates of Maurice Chevalier, Sarah Bernhardt and a mustached officer. You’ll parlez-vous Ooh La-La La-La for Marion’s Marianne!
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