Madame Butterfly (1932): Pre-Code Operatic Melodrama, Starring Sylvia Sidney and Cary Grant

Marion Gering directed the operatic film Madame Butterfly, a Pre-Code feature, based on David Belasco’s play and John Luther Long’s story.

Adapted by Josephine Lovett and Joseph Moncure March, the operatic melodrama stars Sylvia Sidney in the titular role, and the young Cary Grant in the seventh Paramount picture he had made in one year, 1932 (representing 1o percent of his career output of 72 movies!)

Music is credited to W. Franke Harling, though much of it derives fromĀ  Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera, Madama Butterfly.

Production values, especially cinematography by David Abel and art direction by Ward Ihnen, are good.

Release date: December 30, 1932.