The Rogue Song


1h 45m 1930

Brief Synopsis

In czarist Russia, a princess falls for a dashing bandit leader, but their romance proves a stormy one.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Musical
Music
Release Date
May 10, 1930
Premiere Information
New York premiere: 28 Jan 1930
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Gipsy Love, a New Musical Play in Three Acts by Franz Lehár, A. M. Willner and Robert Bodansky (London, 1912).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White, Color (Technicolor)
Film Length
9,723ft (12 reels)

Synopsis

Yegor, tribal chieftain of a band of mountain bandits in southern Russia, meets and falls in love with Princess Vera, who is attracted to his singing. He learns, however, that his sister, Nadja, has been betrayed by Prince Serge, Vera's brother, and, kidnaping her, he takes her to his mountain fortress for revenge. She causes him to be captured, but when he sings to her as he is being flogged, she realizes the sincerity of his love and orders him released. Though the lovers part, it is with the hope that in the future their happiness will be realized.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Musical
Music
Release Date
May 10, 1930
Premiere Information
New York premiere: 28 Jan 1930
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Gipsy Love, a New Musical Play in Three Acts by Franz Lehár, A. M. Willner and Robert Bodansky (London, 1912).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White, Color (Technicolor)
Film Length
9,723ft (12 reels)

Award Nominations

Best Actor

1930
Lawrence Tibbett

Quotes

Trivia

Just prior to release, scenes with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy were filmed interspersed throughout the film to increase box-office appeal.

Although no print of this film is known to exist, the complete 90-minute soundtrack does. MGM transferred early sound discs to tape and approximately half of this material was released on LP in the early 1980s - on an obscure label. This included parts of the dialogue but was mainly the musical numbers. This is the only Laurel and Hardy "feature" film no longer available. Please check your attic.

A brief Technicolor clip in poor quality survives of Laurel and Hardy involved with a bear in a cave.

This is the film that contains the infamous scene where Lawrence Tibbett sings while he is tied between two posts and whipped.

This film was Metropolitan Opera baritone Lawrence Tibbett's movie debut.

Notes

Lawrence Tibbett received an Academy Award nomination for his performance in this film.