The Cat and the Fiddle Overview:

The Cat and the Fiddle (1934) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Sam Wood and William K. Howard and produced by Bernard H. Hyman.


MacDonald plays an American music student in Europe whose success threatens her relationship with a handsome composer played by Novarro. His troubles begin with their meeting and don't end until the premiere of his problematic stage show. The final sequence features an early experiment with three-strip Technicolor. Based on the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein musical comedy.

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Musical Monday: The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)

on Aug 22, 2016 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: “The Cat and the Fiddl... Read full article

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Victor: Every morning you and I will ride Teresa through the park. The sun will shine, the birds will sing, the flowers will bloom...
Shirley: And I'll yell for the police!

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Facts about

The musical play opened in New York City, New York, USA, on 15 October 1931 and closed on 24 September 1932, after 395 performances. All songs in the musical were performed to some degree in the movie.
The song "Don't Ask Me Not to Sing" is actually from the Jerome Kern musical "Roberta", which opened on Broadway in 1933. "Roberta" was filmed in 1935 (Roberta), but the song was omitted from the film version. It was, however, used in the 1952 Technicolor remake of "Roberta", Lovely to Look at.
First use of 3-strip Technicolor in a live-action sequence.
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