Romance in the Dark (1938) - Rotten Tomatoes

Romance in the Dark (1938)





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Herman Bahr's German play +The Yellow Nightingale from 1907 became Paramount's 1938 entry in the then-popular operetta cycle. Gladys Swarthout, formerly of the Met, stars as Ilona Boros, a peasant girl with a magnificent voice who becomes a pawn in the rivalry between opera tenor Tony Kovach (John Boles) and his business manager Zoltan Jason (John Barrymore). Both men are infatuated with the beautiful, but cold, Countess Foldessy (Claire Dodd), and Tony plans to make Ilona a star so that Jason will be attracted to her instead. The scheme backfires, of course, and soon both men are fighting over Ilona, the outraged countess left to instead pursue Jason's butler, Von Hemisch (Curt Bois). In between the comedy, Swarthout, Boles, and company perform such well-known selections as "Because," from the opera +Jocelyn; "Habanera," from +Carmen; "La Ci Darem la Nano," from +Don Giovanni; and Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin's "Tonight We Love."


Gladys Swarthout
as Ilona Boros
John Boles
as Antal Kovach
John Barrymore
as Zoltan Jason
Claire Dodd
as Countess Monica Foldesay
Curt Bois
as Von Hemisch
Torben Meyer
as Prof. Jacobsen
Margaret Randall
as Kovach's Maid
Esther Muir
as Prima Donna
Lois Verner
as Fat Girl Singer
Otto Hoffman
as Stage Doorman
Otto H. Fries
as Policeman
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A much more entertaining film could have been made, without losing any of the values, if laurel and Hardy had been substituted for Messrs. Barrymore and Boles.

August 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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