The Love Parade

The Love Parade is a 1929 American pre-Code musical comedy film, directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald, involving the marital difficulties of Queen Louise of Sylvania (MacDonald) and her consort, Count Alfred Renard (Chevalier). Despite his love for Louise and his promise to be an obedient husband, Count Alfred finds his role as a figurehead unbearable. The supporting cast features Lupino Lane, Lillian Roth and Eugene Pallette.

The Love Parade
Film poster
Directed byErnst Lubitsch
Produced byErnst Lubitsch
Written byGuy Bolton (libretto)
Story byErnest Vajda (film story)
Based onLe Prince Consort
c.1919 novel
by Leon Xanrof
Jules Chancel
StarringMaurice Chevalier
Jeanette MacDonald
Lillian Roth
Eugene Pallette
Music bySongs:
Victor Schertzinger (music)
Clifford Grey (lyrics)
CinematographyVictor Milner
Edited byMerrill G. White
Distributed byParamount Famous Lasky Corp.
Release date
November 19, 1929 (New York City)
January 18, 1930 (US)[1]
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was directed by Lubitsch from a screenplay by Guy Bolton and Ernest Vajda adapted from the French play Le Prince Consort,[2] written by Jules Chancel and Leon Xanrof. The play had previously been adapted for Broadway in 1905 by William Boosey and Cosmo Gordon Lennox.[3]

The Love Parade is notable for being both the film debut of Jeanette MacDonald and the first "talkie" film made by Ernst Lubitsch. The picture was also released in a French-language version called Parade d'amour.[4] Chevalier had thought that he would never be capable of acting as a Royal courtier, and had to be persuaded by Lubitsch.[5] This huge box-office hit appeared just after the Wall Street crash, and did much to save the fortunes of Paramount.


Count Alfred (Maurice Chevalier), military attaché to the Sylvanian Embassy in Paris, is ordered back to Sylvania to report to Queen Louise for a reprimand following a string of scandals, including an affair with the ambassador's wife. In the meantime Queen Louise (Jeanette MacDonald), ruler of Sylvania in her own right, is royally fed-up with her subjects' preoccupation with whom she will marry.

Intrigued rather than offended by Count Alfred's dossier, Queen Louise invites him to dinner. Their romance progresses to the point of marriage when, despite his qualms, for love of Louise Alfred agrees to obey the Queen.



Although The Love Parade was Lubitsch's first sound film, he already displayed a mastery of the technical requirements of the day. In one scene, two couples sing the same song alternately. To do this with the available technology, Lubitsch had two sets built, with an off-camera orchestra between them, and directed both scenes simultaneously. This enabled him to cut back and forth from one scene to the other in editing, something unheard of at the time.[6]


All songs are by Victor Schertzinger (music) and Clifford Grey (lyrics):

  • "Ooh, La La" sung by Lupino Lane
  • "Paris, Stay the Same" sung by Maurice Chevalier and Lupino Lane
  • "Dream Lover" sung by Jeanette MacDonald and chorus, reprise sung by Jeanette MacDonald
  • "Anything to Please the Queen" sung by Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier
  • "My Love Parade" sung by Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald
  • "Let's Be Common" sung by Lupino Lane and Lillian Roth
  • "March of the Grenadiers" sung by Jeanette MacDonald and chorus, reprise sung by chorus
  • "Nobody's Using It Now" sung by Maurice Chevalier
  • "The Queen Is Always Right" sung by Lupino Lane, Lillian Roth and chorus

Awards and honors

The Love Parade was nominated for six Academy Awards:[7][8][9]



  1. The Love Parade at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. "Screenplay Information",; accessed August 6, 2015.
  3. The Prince Consort,; accessed August 6, 2015.
  4. "Notes",; August 6, 2015.
  5. With Love, the Autobiography of Maurice Chevalier (Cassell, 1960), p. 192
  6. Kalat, David. "The Love Parade" on
  7. "NY Times: The Love Parade". NY Times. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2008-12-07.
  8. Osborne, Robert (1994). 65 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards. London, UK: Abbeville Press. p. 25. ISBN 1-55859-715-8.
  9. "The 3rd Academy Awards (1929/30) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-05.
  10. Maurice Chevalier was also nominated for The Big Pond (1930). Multiple performance consideration was customary at the time.
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