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Rosalie is an Americanmarker musical play first produced on Broadway in 1928 at the New Amsterdam Theatremarker. It was later adapted as a musical film by MGM in 1937.

The story tells of a princess from a faraway land who comes to Americamarker and falls in love with a West Pointmarker military cadet. The play starred Marilyn Miller as the princess and Frank Morgan as her father, King Fredrick. Music for the play was composed by George Gershwin and Sigmund Romberg with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and P.G. Wodehouse.

Film adaptation

The 1937 film follows the original story but replaces most of the Broadway score with new songs by Cole Porter. MGM's top tap dancer at the time, Eleanor Powell, was cast as the princess opposite Nelson Eddy as cadet Dick Thorpe. Morgan reprised his Broadway role as King Fredrick. Also appearing in the film were Ray Bolger, Edna May Oliver, Ilona Massey, and Reginald Owen.

In order to capitalize upon Powell's renown as a dancer, the film was retooled to allow her several showcase musical numbers, the best-remembered of which is the title number (one of the few songs retained from the Broadway show) with Powell dancing on top of giant drum, one of the largest musical sequences ever filmed. An excerpt from this scene is included in That's Entertainment! (1974).


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