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The Cat and the Fiddle Details

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Based on the stage musical by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach, The Cat and the Fiddle stars Jeanette MacDonald as a music student and Ramon Novarro as a struggling composer. When the leading lady walks out of Victor's (Novarro) upcoming operetta, the star's husband pulls his financial support. The leading man ankles the production shortly thereafter, compelling Victor to play the role himself. All this scenario needs is fair Shirley (MacDonald) as the last minute-replacement for the missing leading lady -- but Shirley has given up music to marry philandering (but wealthy) Daudet (Frank Morgan). The fact that the film's final scene was lensed in Technicolor should indicate whether or not Shirley comes to Victor's rescue. Only one song from the original stage production of The Cat and the Fiddle was used in the film version; the remaining (and forgettable) tunes were penned by Kern and Harbach exclusively for the film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 1, 1934

Cast

Ramon Novarro
as Victor
Jeanette MacDonald
as Shirley
Frank Morgan
as Daudet
Charles Butterworth
as Charles
Jean Hersholt
as Professor
Frank Conroy
as Theater Owner
Henry Armetta
as Taxi driver
Adrienne D'Ambricourt
as Concierge
Joseph Cawthorn
as Rudy

Crew

William Howard
Director
William Howard
Producer
Jerome Kern
Screenwriter
Ray Rennahan
Cinematographer
Charles G. Clarke
Cinematographer
Harold Hal Rosson
Cinematographer
Jerome Kern
Songwriter
Jerome Kern
From Musical by
Herbert Stothart
Composer (Music Score)
Herbert Stothart
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alexander Toluboff
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Adrian
Costume Designer
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