Here Is My Heart (1934)

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Here Is My Heart (1934)

A rich and famous singer disguises himself as a waiter in order to be near the woman he loves, a European princess.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
USA
IMDb  7.0 /10
Creators
Director Frank Tuttle
Writer Alfred Savoir
Writer Edwin Justus Mayer
Writer Harlan Thompson
Writer Harry Graham
Writer Dorothy Parker
Information
Release Date1934-12-28
Runtime1h 17mins
GenreMusical, Comedy
Content RatingApproved (Approved)
Awards
CompanyParamount Pictures
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
J. (Jasper) Paul Jones
Princess Alexandra
Prince Nicholas / Nicki
Countess Rostova
Prince Vladimir / Vova
Marian Mansfield
Marian Mansfield
Claire
Suzette - the Maid
Manager of Hotel
Drunken Waiter
Higgins - Paul's Valet (as Charles E. Arnt)

Here is My Heart

Here is My Heart is a 1934 American musical comedy film directed by Frank Tuttle and starring Bing Crosby, Kitty Carlisle, and Roland Young. Based on the play La Grande-duchesse et le garçon d'étage by Alfred Savoir, the film is about a famous singer who pretends to be a penniless waiter to get close to the woman of his dreams, a European princess.


Cast

  • Bing Crosby as J. (Jasper) Paul Jones
  • Kitty Carlisle as Princess Alexandra
  • Roland Young as Prince Nicholas / Nicki
  • Alison Skipworth as Countess Rostova
  • Reginald Owen as Prince Vladimir / Vova
  • William Frawley as James Smith
  • Marian Mansfield as Claire
  • Cecilia Parker as Suzette, the Maid
  • Akim Tamiroff as Manager of Hotel
  • Arthur Housman as Drunken Waiter
  • Charles Arnt as Higgins, Paul's Valet
  • Charles C. Wilson as Captain

Production

Filming commenced in Hollywood at the end of August 1934 and was completed early in November.


Reception

The critics liked it with The New York Times saying, "...the new Bing Crosby film at the Paramount is a witty, lyrical and debonair farce, and a first-rate addition to the holiday bounties... Mr. Crosby, who has already shown that his talents include a gift for light comedy, emerges this time as a celebrated songbird who, having made his way in the world, decides to take his million dollars and satisfy all the frustrated ambitions which he had brooded over as a boy. “Here Is My Heart” is a bright and funny entertainment, deftly produced and happily performed."

Variety praised it as well. "A setup for the Crosby fans and an excellent example of musical comedy picture making. "Here Is My Heart" should have an easy time of it most anywhere. Crosby is in fine voice, the songs he was handed are honies, and the story serves nicely as something to hang the singing and the songs on... To change the pace the director has him singing while doing anything but hanging from a chandelier. One well planned departure has Crosby in a duet with himself with a phonograph for a teammate."


Soundtrack

  • "June in January" (Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin) by Bing Crosby
  • "With Every Breath I Take" (Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin) by Bing Crosby and Kitty Carlisle
  • "Love Is Just Around the Corner" (Lewis E. Gensler and Leo Robin) by Bing Crosby and Cecilia Parker

Crosby also recorded the songs for Decca Records. All three of them enjoyed major chart success with "June in January" holding the No. 1 spot for seven weeks. His songs were also included in the Bing's Hollywood series.