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Marianne (1929)

During World War I, a young French woman struggles to choose between two suitors: a blind soldier to whom she is engaged and an American serviceman.


Robert Z. Leonard


Dale Van Every (story), Laurence Stallings (dialogue) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Marianne
George Baxter ... André
Lawrence Gray ... Stagg
Cliff Edwards ... Soapy
Benny Rubin ... Sam
Scott Kolk ... Lieut. Frane
Robert Edeson ... The General
Emile Chautard ... Père Joseph


During World War I, a French girl is romanced by an American doughboy even though she is promised to a French soldier who is fighting at the front. She falls in love with the Yank however out of her commitment to her French soldier she stays with him especially since he returns from the war blind. Do circumstances change so she can follow him to "Second Forty Street" in New York? Musical numbers include "Just You, Just Me." Written by Ed Lorusso, A.Nonymous

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English | French

Release Date:

24 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La compagnia d'assalto See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Earning $1M at the box office, Marianne (1929) gave Marion Davies one of the most successful talkie debuts among MGM stars. See more »


Soapy: Can't you expectorate that man outta your mind?
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Alternate Versions

Although two versions of this film were shot, a talkie and a silent, and both of them exist, there was also a third version that MGM used to show this film in Argentina. The majority of the footage was lifted from the silent version (with an added soundtrack with music and effects) and all of the songs from the sound version were also included. See more »


Edited from The Big Parade (1925) See more »


Where Do We Go from Here?
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Sung by the doughboys as they go home
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Marion Davies Triumph
3 August 2004 | by drednmSee all my reviews

When most silent stars feared the talkies, Marion Davies jumped in with this saucy musical comedy, playing a WW I French girl wooed by 3 American doughboys (Lawrence Gray, Cliff Edwards, and Benny Rubin). Good songs, including title tune and 'Just You, Just Me," as well as Edwards' solo (I forget the title) keep this early talkie moving nicely. Davies was a consummate comedienne and proves it in her starring talkie debut, doing impressions of Maurice Chevalier and Sarah Bernhardt as well as singing and dancing. Edward and Rubin are good comic foils, and Gray is a handsome leading man. Solid MGM talkie with good production values and sound. Davies and Gray had starred together in the silent film, "The Patsy." And I SILL say that Davies ranks with Lombard, Loy, and Arthur as the 30s best comediennes.

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