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295 Ratings

Love Me Tonight

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
United States, 1932
Comedy, Musical, Romance


A Parisian tailor finds himself posing as a baron in order to collect a sizeable bill from an aristocrat, only to fall in love with an aloof young princess.

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Love Me Tonight Directed by Rouben Mamoulian
For a pre-Code film, this one’s attempts at suggestiveness are pretty tame. Maurice insults Jeanette’s seamstress for building her a dowdy riding habit. He makes a bet that he can do it better. Then we get to see him remove Jeanette’s unfinished riding jacket and take a tape measure to her every body part. It could have been sexy, but Mamoulian plays it safe. . . . Nonetheless, there’s not too much wrong with this romantic comedy that’s sure to put a smile on your face.
June 29, 2007
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Making fun of itself throughout, Love Me Tonight revels in the sort of absurdities that such a fantasy entails, especially at the film’s climax. Leaving the chateau in disgrace as a son-of-a-gun tailor. Chevalier takes the train back towards Paris, until the Princess, assuming the usual male role, gallops desperately ahead of him, and stops the train dead in its tracks.
January 01, 2002
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When the opening song is passed along like a baton relay from a tailor shop to a faraway castle, the effect is more René Clair mechanization than Ernst Lubitsch mellifluousness. But then Mamoulian’s invaluable contribution was to ignite ideas within the various film genres before the talkies became codified.
July 28, 1987
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