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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.
Too bad it is not available on DVD.
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.
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
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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I think this is one of the most enjoyable of Jeanette MacDonald's films. It has an unusually strong plot for this sort of film (set in the Napoleonic wars), and Allan Jones has a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by KAC
A most enjoyable movie. It was purchased as a gift and it successfully brought back very fond memories.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Once again it was a joy to hear Mac Donald and Jones and all the other great actors,Published 15 months ago by priscilla scrafford
Loved it. It took me back to school holidays when I used to watch Jeanette MacDonald films on TV.Published 17 months ago by Jill Rodgers
No closed caption like the old one I got before so I m disappointedPublished 22 months ago by lilian watts
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