Madame Butterfly (1932): Marion Gering’s 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.

Madame Butterfly
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Adapted by Josephine Lovett and Joseph Moncure March, the famous operatic melodrama stars Sylvia Sidney in the titular role, and the young Cary Grant.

It was 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 from  Giacomo Puccini’s famous opera, Madama Butterfly.

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


Directed by Marion Gering
Written by David Belasco (play), John Luther Long (short-story)
Josephine Lovett an Joseph Moncure March (screenplay)
Produced by B. P. Schulberg
Cinematography David Abel
Edited by Jane Loring
Music by W. Franke Harling
Distributed by Paramount Pictures

Release date: December 30, 1932

Running time: 86 minutes


Sylvia Sidney as Cho-Cho San
Cary Grant as Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton
Charlie Ruggles as Lieutenant Barton
Irving Pichel as Yamadori
Edmund Breese as Cho-Cho San’s grandfather
Helen Jerome Eddy as Cho-Cho San’s mother
Judith Vosselli as Madame Goro
Sheila Terry as Adelaide Pinkerton
Berton Churchill as American Consul
Louise Carter as Sazuki