One Hour with You is a prime example of the seemingly effortless "Lubitsch touch" (although it was technically co-directed by a very young George Cukor). It's a remarkably bubbly affair, a vintage musical champagne. This charming romp is one of the greatest successes of the early film musical, a masterful blend of dialogue, rhymed speech, and song. As is expected in a Lubitsch film, the dialogue sparkles with wit and with comedy both low and high, and there's an air of sophisticated naughtiness to the entire proceedings. Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald once again prove that they were one of the screen's most unique teams. Chevalier is totally relaxed and at ease on film, comfortably breaking the fourth wall at the drop of a hat, most memorably in the charming "What Would You Do?" MacDonald looks and sounds great, and she once again displays a comedic sense that was unfortunately buried in her later work. The supporting cast is exemplary, with Charlie Ruggles and Genevieve Tobin especially good. The score is tuneful and the lyrics witty, and the entire enterprise is a sheer delight. One Hour represents a high point in a sophisticated musical style that was a product of its time; viewers unfamiliar with it are in for a treat.
by Craig Butler review