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Granaderos del amor
Director: John Reinhardt () (Dirección de [Directed by])
Release Date:   1934
Premiere Information:   Santiago, Chile opening: 15 May 1934; New York opening: 31 Aug 1934
Production Date:   Dec 1933--Jan 1934
Duration (in mins):   80
Duration (in feet):   7,184
Duration (in reels):   8
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Cast:   Raúl Roulien (Erich [Remberg]/Pierre [Laval])  
    Conchita Montenegro (Loni [von Keller])  
    Valentín Parera (Augusto)  
    Andrés de Segurola (Barón von Keller)  
    Romualdo Tirado (Peppi/Bombaste)  
    María Calvo (Ana)  
    Carlos Villarías (Empresario)  
    Lucio Villegas (El Coronel [Dusac])  
    Paco Moreno (Burgomaestre)  
    Fred Malatesta (Comandante)  
    Tito Davison    
    José María Sánchez García    
    Francisco Marán    
    Lita Santos    
    José Peña "Pepet"    
    Anita Camargo    

Summary: Author and actor Erich Remberg learns from his producer that his musical has been panned by the Viennese critics, who seem to prefer more romantic and less sexy productions these days. In order to find the inspiration to write an operetta, Erich goes with his friend Peppi to the von Keller castle in Tyrol. They are greeted by the eccentric Baron von Keller, who proudly shows them nonexistent antiques that only he can see. While investigating some strange noises he's heard in the middle of the night, Erich meets von Keller's daughter Loni, who is also curious about the room. She shows him a painting representing the Napoleonic invasion of Austria and tells him of her great-grandaunt, who scandalized the family. Erich imagines the scene with Loni playing the role of the baroness of the von Keller castle and himself as her French lover: Back in 1809, a French colonel insists on quartering at the von Keller home, and Loni dines with the invaders with reluctance. Lieutenant Pierre Laval approaches her later with romantic propositions, and she tells him that she will always be faithful to Augusto, an Austrian nobleman, who is away fighting the Napoleonic armies. However, she allows Pierre to woo her at a dance in the village, and when the French soldiers are ordered to retreat, Pierre chooses to stay behind with Loni. As the Austrians approach, Loni fears for Pierre's safety, and when Augusto and her father, the baron, arrive home, Pierre hides. Augusto proposes, but Loni is indifferent. Pierre disguises himself as the new butler and then convinces Loni to escape with him to the French encampment. The fleeing couple are caught trying to cross the Austrian lines, and Pierre reveals his true identity as one of Napoleon's men. Augusto orders Pierre's arrest, but two shots ring out, signalling a truce. The scene now shifts to a Viennese theatre, where Erich and Loni act out their roles in Erich's smash romantic musical. While taking their curtain calls, Erich and Loni joyfully announce their upcoming wedding to the audience. 

Production Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Director: John Reinhardt (Dirección de [Directed by])
Producer: John Stone (Supervisión de [Supervised by])
Writer: William Kernell (Original de [Original by])
  John Reinhardt (Original de [Original by])
  José López Rubio (Versión española de [Spanish version by])
Photography: Robert Planck (Photog)
Music: Samuel Kaylin (Dirección musical de [Musical director])
Sound: Al Bruzlin (Sd)
Production Misc: Eugene Forde (Cuerpo de producción [Production staff])
  Louis F. Moore (Cuerpo de producción [Production staff])
  Lillian Wurtzel (Cuerpo de producción [Production staff])
Country: United States
Language: Spanish

Songs: "Qué es Hotcha-cha?" "Granaderos de Napoleón," "Babette," "La mujer fue inventada para obedecer" and "Bailemos, pues," music by William Kernell, lyrics by Raúl Roulien.
Composer: William Kernell
  Raúl Roulien

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Fox Film Corp. 12/9/1934 dd/mm/yyyy LP4946 Yes

Physical Properties: Sd: Western Electric Noiseless Recording

Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Historical
Subjects (Major): Actors and actresses
  Officers (Military)
  Tyrol (Austria)--History--Uprising of 1809
  Vienna (Austria)
Subjects (Minor): Actors and actresses
  Desertion, Military
  Impersonation and imposture
  Proposals (Marital)
  Theatrical producers

Note: The Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection in the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library contains a revised continuity by Paul Perez and Paul Schofield; however, it is not known if any of this material was used in the final film. The title was translated variously in reviews as "Love Grenadiers" and "Grenadiers of Love." The running time listed above was based on footage given in NYSA records. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
CM   May 34   p. 246.
New York Times   4 Sep 34   p. 23.

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