In Gay Madrid

In Gay Madrid (1930) is an American pre-Code musical comedy, directed by Robert Z. Leonard, starring Ramón Novarro and Dorothy Jordan, and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

In Gay Madrid
Directed byRobert Z. Leonard
Produced byRobert Z. Leonard
Written byBess Meredyth
Salisbury Field
Edwin Justus Mayer
Based ona novel
by Alejandro Pérez Lugín
StarringRamón Novarro
Dorothy Jordan
Lottice Howell
Claude King
Eugenie Besserer
William V. Mong
Beryl Mercer
Music byHerbert Stothart
CinematographyOliver T. Marsh
Edited byWilliam S. Gray
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • May 17, 1930 (1930-05-17)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States



Under the working title The House of Troy, filming of In Gay Madrid began on November 14, 1929 and concluded on December 21.[1] Some retakes were directed by Robert Ober in January 1930.


In Gay Madrid was released on May 17, 1930, and was moderately successful at the boxoffice.[2] though it was critically panned.[3] The film's financial under-performance could, in part, be attributed to American audiences growing tired of musicals.[4] It was paired with the comedy short, The Home Edition, starring Jay C. Flippen, in some U.S. theaters.[5] It was released in Ottawa on June 23, 1930, along with the short Memories, a Musical Fantasy.[6] In Gay Madrid has had a DVD release from Warner Archive in November 2015.


  1. In Gay Madrid,; accessed August 8, 2015.
  2. IMDB entry
  3. Soares, André. Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramón Novarro (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2002) p. 156 ISBN 0-312-28231-1
  4. Soares, André. Beyond Paradise: The Life of Ramón Novarro (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2002) p. 157 ISBN 0-312-28231-1
  5. Lodi Sentinel. August 5, 1930. p 2; February 26, 2014
  6. Ottawa Citizen. June 23, 1930. pg. 14; February 26, 2014.

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