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The Rogue Song

Released Jan 28, 1930 1h 43m Musical List
79% Tomatometer 34 Reviews 14% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
A Russian bandit (Lawrence Tibbett) kidnaps a beautiful princess (Catherine Dale Owen) after killing her brother (Ullrich Haupt). Read More Read Less

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Nelson B. Bell Washington Post Stupendous backgrounds in natural color lend it the beauty of spectacular pageantry and the vigor of its performance a forcefulness nothing short of dynamic. Jul 26, 2022 Full Review Ella H. McCormick Detroit Free Press The scenes are in color, the settings are artistic, the direction by Lionel Barrymore carefully done and the story dramatic and thrilling, but every one of these details is likely to be considered non-essential in the memory of [Tibbett's singing]. Jun 29, 2022 Full Review Irene Thirer New York Daily News As to settings, The Rogue Song is as lovely as any production we can recall. Jun 29, 2022 Full Review Robert E. Sherwood McCall's Mr. Tibbett does give his all, and what a lot it is! The sound apparatus quivers under the impact of his vocal blasts; but it is equal to the severe test, and no one can complain that Mr. Tibbett’s fine effect is ruined by faulty recording. Jun 29, 2022 Full Review Harry Evans LIFE Life recommends The Rogue Song because of Mr. Tibbett’s magnificent rendition of the music by Franz Lehr and Herbert Stothart. Jun 29, 2022 Full Review Martin Dickstein Brooklyn Daily Eagle Frankly, The Rogue Song is hardly a composition of such merit as to deserve the distinction of serving as Mr. Tibbett's first vehicle before the movie microphones. Jun 29, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member This is a romantic/musical that tells the story of a Russian bandit who falls in love with a princess, but takes his revenge on her when her brother rapes and kills his sister. Directed by Lionel Barrymore and released both with and without sound, Hal Roach directed the Laurel and Hardy sequences that are not credited. Lawrence Tibbett was nominated for best actor and this was MGM's first all talking technicolor film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member A boring, over-dramatic partly lost film. I watched this film from a reconstructed version on YouTube as most of the film is lost. However, the sound still exists fully intact. Lawrence Tibbett's performance is the most over-dramatic performance I think you would find from that era of early-talkie films. He was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor in 1930, which I don't think he deserved. The singing in the film is OK but nothing extraordinary. The Laurel and Hardy footage intersected in the films, didn't really mesh with the rest of the film but it was at least more entertaining than Tibbett's singing. The only good aspects of the film were the effects of the storm and ballet dance sequence. Overall, a film that has not aged well at all and would probably still be overlooked if a fully complete film was found. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review steve d None of it worked for me. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member costume operetta not really my thang Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A Russian bandit (Lawrence Tibbett) kidnaps a beautiful princess (Catherine Dale Owen) after killing her brother (Ullrich Haupt).
Lionel Barrymore
Frances Marion, John Colton
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
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Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 28, 1930, Original
1h 43m