Tag Archives: Ramon Novarro

In Gay Madrid (1930) Robert Z. Leonard, Ramon Novarro, Dorothy Jordan, Lottice Howell, Drama, Musical, Romance

In Gay Madrid (1930)
Ricardo, a young law student in his home town of Madrid, is a carefree playboy who loves nightclubs and courting pretty girls. His father hopes to instill a more serious attitude in his son by transferring him to a school in the rural town of Santiago. At Santiago, his father’s old friend is to be his guardian. When Ricardo arrives at Santiago he joins a fraternity, and continues his carefree lifestyle while serenading and courting his guardian’s daughter, Carmina. But when Ricardo’s former girlfriend Goyita arrives for a visit, events take a serious turn …
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The Night Is Young (1935) Dudley Murphy, Ramon Novarro, Evelyn Laye, Charles Butterworth, Romance, Musical, Drama

The Night Is Young (1935)
Based on a story by Vicki Baum, the Sigmund Romberg-Oscar Hammerstein operetta The Night is Young is set in Vienna during the Franz Josef era. To cover up an affair with the married Countess Rafay (Rosalind Russell), Archduke Gustave (Ramon Novarro), the emperor’s nephew, feigns a romance with ballet dancer Lisi (Evelyn Laye). By the time Gustave realizes how much he truly cares for Lisi, the stern Franz Josef (played by Henry Stephenson) admonishes the young man to honor duty over love and to enter into a pre-arranged marriage of state. After a tearful rendition of “When I Grow Too Old to Dream,” Gustave and Lisi bid one another their last farewell. This relentless parade of “Student Prince” cliches is relieved somewhat by the comic expertise of supporting players Una Merkel and Charles Butterworth.
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Daybreak (1931) Jacques Feyder, Ramon Novarro, Helen Chandler, Jean Hersholt, Action, Drama

Daybreak (1931)
A man who unthinkingly sullied the honor of a virtuous girl now must deal with his own ethical downfall in this drama. Willi Kasder (Ramon Novarro) is a lieutenant in the Austrian Army who one night picks up an innocent young woman named Laura Taub (Helen Chandler). Willi shares several drinks with the naive Laura and takes advantage of her; the next morning, she discovers to her horror that he left money for her and has no intention of seeing her again. Emotionally shattered, Laura soon becomes the mistress of Herr Schnabel (Jean Hersholt), a wealthy but corrupt gentleman with a taste for gambling. Willi begins gaming with Schnabel and soon falls deeply in debt; eventually Schabel gives Willi two options: pay the money you owe or kill yourself. Willi tries to find a way out of his dilemma while also hoping to free Laura from the corrupt lifestyle into which he led her.
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Devil-May-Care (1929) Sidney Franklin, Ramon Novarro, Dorothy Jordan, Marion Harris, Musical, Romance

Devil-May-Care (1929)
Silent screen heartthrob Ramon Novarro (Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ) sounds off in his all-talking debut, a romantic musical adventure directed by Sidney Franklin. When Napoleon is exiled to Elba, loyal officer Armand de Tr?ville (Novarro) manages to elude the firing squad only to find his heart captured by Leonie de Beaufort (Dorothy Jordan), the lovely Royalist who turns him in. Making a daring escape, Armand hides with the Countess Louise (Marion Harris), unaware that Leonie is her cousin. Leonie’s sudden arrival forces him to choose between love and war as he awaits the emperor’s return. Featuring a two-color Technicolor® ballet sequence scored by future Oscar®-winner* Dimitri Tiomkin, plus seven new songs by Herbert Stothart and Clifford Grey, Devil-MayCare was one of M-G-M’s earliest musicals, a box-office hit that ensured that Novarro’s career as a leading man would continue well into the ’30s.
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The Son-Daughter (1932) Clarence Brown, Helen Hayes, Ramon Novarro, Lewis Stone, Drama

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A large group of Chinese immigrants in San Francisco is clandestinely donating whatever money they earn to smuggle arms into China for the rebels in their fight against the centuries old Manchurian imperial oppressors. The secrecy of their mission is to hide their identities from anyone supporting the imperial regime. One of the immigrants supporting the rebels is Dr. Dong Tong. His only offspring, the demure Lien Wha, who also supports the cause, is in love with poor university student, Tom Lee, the two who, after meeting formally, want to get married, which Dr. Tong supports. However, Dr. Tong learns that the rebel backers are short $100,000 for the latest shipment of arms, and are asking the four men within the group with eligible daughters to donate $25,000 apiece, that money to be raised by selling their daughters into marriage to a wealthy buyer. Dr. Tong is one of the four, Lien Wha the daughter to be sold. Simultaneously, Dr. Tong learns of Tom’s true identity as the son of one of the most important leaders of the rebel movement in China. Dr. Tong’s answer to the request not only threatens Tom and Lien Wha’s marriage plans and happiness, but also the arms shipment and all their lives.
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Son of India (1931) Jacques Feyder, Ramon Novarro, Conrad Nagel, Marjorie Rambeau, Drama, Romance

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Karim, a collector of jewels, is one of the richest men in Bombay, which belies his humble beginnings and being poor as little as ten years ago. His wealth was derived from a diamond he received from his jewel merchant father, who was killed by marauding bandits because of the jewels in his possession. Twice, ten years ago, Karim was saved from people who would kill, steal or lie to get the diamond. His two saviors were an Indian holy man, and an American tourist. When Karim and American tourist Janice Darsey meet, it is mutual love at first sight. Their interracial romance has many obstacles to happiness, including the disapproval by Janice’s aunt, with who she is traveling through India. As Karim and Janice begin a courtship against all odds, two people from Karim’s past may ultimately factor into whether it will be happily ever after for Karim and Janice together.
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The Cat and the Fiddle (1934) William K. Howard, Sam Wood, Ramon Novarro, Jeanette MacDonald, Frank Morgan, Comedy, Musical, Romance

The Cat and the Fiddle 1934
Victor Florescu is a talented, Brussels-based composer of serious music under the tutelage of respected Professor Bertier at the Music Conservatory. He is hoping to have his yet uncompleted operetta, “The Cat and the Fiddle”, produced by famed impresario, Jules Daudet. Victor’s focus in life changes when he meets Shirley Sheridan, a New Yorker just arrived in Brussels, she who moves into the pensione next to his own. He falls in love at first sight with her. She is also a composer – of the type of music more often heard in Tin Pan Alley – and is hoping to study with Professor Bertier. But it is Victor who helps her with her music. She also catches the attention of Daudet, who publishes her music although he is more interested in her as a woman. Regardless, she becomes rich and famous, and is required to move to Paris. In the short term, Victor, who moves to Paris with her, is more than willing to forgo his own musical aspirations to help her.
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