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Jeanette MacDonald portrays Nina Maria, who sings, dances and spies for Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Early in the story, Nina is eager to discourage an amorous French officer, so she feigns interest in Don Diego (Allan Jones). Now, she has a bigger problem - discouraging Don Diego, who is actually a French counterspy. His mission: shadow Nina Maria! Rudolf Friml's 1912 work provides the basis for this memorable musical that keeps some original songs (including "Giannina Mia"), revises others and introduces a now-classic charmer: "The Donkey Serenade" (engagingly set to the clip-clop of a mule-drawn coach), which became Jones' signature song throughout his career.

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  • Actors: Allan Jones, Warren William, Billy Gilbert, Douglass Dumbrille Jeanette Mac Donald
  • Directors: Robert Z. Leonard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074JOVA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,774 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Emily K. Stivers on April 7, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie on TCM and absolutely fell in love with it. I have seen most of Jeannette MacDonald's films, and this is by far the best performance - singing, acting, and even dancing - she has ever given. Alan Jones is a refreshing change from Nelson Eddy, and much more talented. The plot is full of love and intrigue (NOT slow as Maltin claims), with MacDonald as a Spanish spy during the Napoleonic wars, and Jones as the aristocratic playboy who falls for her without knowing who she really is. Songs include not only the classic "Donkey Serenade," but also "Gianina Mia," a passionate and beautiful love song. This film is an absolute must-see for any fan of musical operetta.
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One needs several rating scales to do this video justice. If I were rating it solely on Allan Jones' voice and performance, I'd give it a 5+. Jeannette MacDonald gets a 4 - she probably rates higher but the technology of the time made most women's voices sound shrill and squeaky. As an excellent example of the musical genre of 1930s-1950s operettas it definitely gets a 5. The overall performance gets a 4, and in judging it, one must again do so in the context of the time period in which it was filmed.

All ratings aside, one must admit that most operettas of the years mentioned were pretty superficial in plot, with the standard fearless hero, dimwit heroine, and sneering villian -- who usually had the best part and was the only real actor in the cast. "Firefly" gives us a treat in that our heroine Jeannette is far more spunky and sparky than most of her ilk - she's a Spanish spy helping thwart the French invasion of Spain during the Napoleonic wars. Allan Jones is the French agent sent to trap her. After a series of encounters, betrayals, battles and general dashing about, comes the happy ending - this is, after all, an operetta.

The filming and special effects are again typical of the period, and thus must be considered as good as the technology was capable of producing. It's obvious to us today that most of the time Allan Jones was singing "The Donkey Serenade" he wasn't really riding a horse but for that time period the special effects people faked it pretty well.

I can't say enough for the music in this film - Rudoph Friml's score is absolutely gorgeous, and further enhanced by the singers and the sumptious orchestal background. If you really like good music performed by equally good musicians, you can't go wrong with this film. Ignore the historical inaccuracies, goofy plot, somewhat hammy performances, and inept effects - just relax, put your feet up, pet the cat, let yourself sink into that glorious music, and enjoy.
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This is one of my favorite Jeanette MacDonald movies. Even without Nelson Eddy, this movie is full of wonderful music by Jeanette and Allan Jones. Highly recommended!
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Jeanette is truly one of the great stars of the silver screen--a "triple threat--she sings, dances, and acts. In "The Firefly" she is free of Nelson Eddy's wooden presence and is better supported by Alan Jones who, unlike Eddy, can act. Jones' contribution is his performance of the wonderfully whimsical "Donkey Serenade" popularized by this movie, and more fully enjoyable when seen as performed here. You may have to be patient with the 130 minute running time but the resolution of the spy versus counter-spy plot is worth it.
Too bad it is not available on DVD.
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What more can i say. Too bad there are not more movies and songs by Allan Jones..

I loved his acting, and his Marvelous singing voice. also, the fact he really looks like he is really enjoying himself...

I have listen to his CD[ there's a song in the air] which has all the songs he sings in the Firefly and more---So many times since it's arrival a month ago that I hope I don't wear the CD or the Firefly OUT.

Very Happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dorothy
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Loved it. Jeanette was never lovelier and she gets a lot of dancing to do throughout the film as she plays the spy very very well. Nice job of acting and double-acting.. Allan Jones is a far better romancer to her than either Mr.-Wooden Nelson Eddy (though I do rather like him in "Naughty Marietta") and Maurice Chevalier (toujours gai and even gay-er). Jones delivering his signature piece "The Donkey Serenade" is a real delight, as he is in the melodic "Oh, I Adore, I Adore you, Gianina Mia". I've seen this film several times now, and it never fails to enthrall me. Great supporting cast, especially the kid, the stage-coach driver, and the mule in "Donkey Serenade".
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I can't say enough about this movie! Jeanette MacDonald and Allan Jones are great working together! Their songs will stay in your mind long after you have watched this movie. I wish they would have made more movies together. Highly recommend this movie!
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Everyone says that the story moves too slowly, and everyone's right. But what is said too
seldom is that this is one of MacDonald's best roles, with lots of singing of her special
kind and even some dancing. (She also plays the piano, and supposedly did her
own playing, though, given the mechanics of film production, this seems unlikely. It
would have been easier to let her mime to any old pianist's pre-recording.)
Allan Jones is fun, too, and he gets the film's best known number,
"The Donkey Serenade," which was arranged from a Friml piece called "Chansonette." All the
other main numbers come from Friml's stage Firefly, except for "He Who Loves and Runs
Away," which is supposedly by Friml, though, judging from a little bit of research,
it would appear that no one really knows its source. The craziest
thing about this film is that the story hasn't even a shred of a relationship with that
of the stage show. That was a modern-dress piece about a street singer who becomes a
famous diva. MacDonald's Firefly is a spy drama, set during Napoleon's invasion of
Spain.
In short: it's neither a wonderful nor a terrible film in its contents, but MacDonald
fans will really enjoy it. You get your momney's worth, too: it's looooooong.
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