Melody Cruise

Melody Cruise

Charlie Ruggles
Director: Mark Sandrich Cast: Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
, Phil Harris
Phil Harris
, Greta Nissen
Greta Nissen
Mark Sandrich

DVD (Full Frame)

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Melody Cruise, director Mark Sandrich's first feature film, is an unofficial extension of Sandrich's Oscar-winning RKO short subject So This is Harris (1933). Once again, the director's star is bandleader Phil Harris, then in his wavy-haired romantic lead period. Harris plays a millionaire who, while on a steamship cruise, is the object of the attentions (mercenary and otherwise) of every woman who crosses his path. Charlie Ruggles plays the flustered fellow whose job it is to steer Harris clear of breach-of-promise suits, while Helen Mack is the one girl who isn't interested in either Harris' looks or his millions-which naturally entices him to pursue her. Most of the dialogue is spoken rhythmically, a device that might have been tiresome in lesser hands. Let loose in RKO's optical effects department, Mark Sandrich offers us an endless variety of creative lap-dissolves, "wipes " split screens and flat cuts. The whole enterprise begins to run out of gas when it is necessary to tie up loose plot ends, but otherwise Melody Cruise plays with the same freshness and nuance that it did back in 1933. Watch for Betty Grable as one of the shipboard girls, and for perennial Three Stooges foil Bud Jamison as an operatic train conductor.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2019
UPC: 0883929683710
Original Release: 1933
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:16:00
Sales rank: 38,605

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlie Ruggles Pete Wells
Phil Harris Alan Chandler
Greta Nissen Elsa Von Rader
Helen Mack Laurie Marlowe
Chick Chandler Hickey, Steward
June Brewster Zoe
Shirley Chambers Vera
Florence Roberts Miss Potts
Marjorie Gateson Mrs. Wells
Betty Grable Stewardess

Technical Credits
Mark Sandrich Director,Screenwriter
Lou Brock Associate Producer
Val Burton Score Composer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Merian C. Cooper Executive Producer
Lynn Dunn Special Effects
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
David Gould Choreography
Ben Holmes Screenwriter
Will Jason Score Composer
Jack Kitchin Editor
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Alan Rivkin Screenwriter
Max Steiner Musical Direction/Supervision
Vernon Walker Special Effects
P.J. Wolfson Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Melody Cruise
1. Chapter 1 [6:37]
2. Chapter 2 [9:27]
3. Chapter 3 [8:14]
4. Chapter 4 [9:07]
5. Chapter 5 [8:12]
6. Chapter 6 [8:54]
7. Chapter 7 [8:11]
8. Chapter 8 [9:14]
9. Chapter 9 [7:28]
10. Chapter 10 [:36]

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