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re: Try "Love Me Tonight" - it's incredibly witty, funny, tuneful and delightful nm
Last Edit: PlayWiz 01:20 am EDT 08/25/21
Posted by: PlayWiz 01:17 am EDT 08/25/21
In reply to: re: Try "Love Me Tonight" - it's incredibly witty, funny, tuneful and delightful nm - WaymanWong 12:04 am EDT 08/25/21

The joke about "Mimi" is that Chevalier says he's going to sing a song to her, Mimi. She says it isn't her name, and btw, "aren't you a bit insane?" (Huge laugh when I saw this in movie group). To which he replies, "Yes, I am insane" and starts the song about Mimi, to first her amusement and then resentment and shock when he sings "Mimi, you know I'd like to have a little son of a Mimi bye and bye". When he goes to the chateau, he charms everyone and apparently teaches/sings them while there (off-screen) the catchy song, because C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Butterworth, Charlie Ruggles in turn are in their individual rooms singing the catchy tune. There's no Mimi, but it doesn't matter. The song's wonderful, even and especially here in reprises when sung by actors usually not known for singing.

Chevalier spoke English well with a French accent though a few words here and there are maybe a bit hard to make out, but he was the star of the film, and probably the director and others thought it wasn't necessary to have others affect French accents. Julie Andrews speaks with her very English accent in "The Sound of Music" and it didn't affect most people's enjoyment of that film while most others spoke with North American accents. A lot of critics put this near the top of musicals of all time. The story goes that one of the top film producers (I forget which maybe Darryl F. Zanuck?) would screen "Love Me Tonight" before production of some new musical began to remind and inspire him of what they were aiming for in style, integration of songs, dialogue and plotting, and performance. Anyway, glad you enjoyed it.
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