The Big Pond

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Original title The Big Pond
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1930
length 72 minutes
Director Hobart Henley
script Preston Sturges
production Monta Bell
music Johnny Green ,
Pierre Norman
camera George J. Folsey
cut Emma Hill

The Big Pond is an American comedy film from 1930. The screenplay is based on a story by Garrett Ford and Robert Presnell Sr. and a play by George Middleton and AE Thomas.


Pierre Mirande is the son of an impoverished family. He earns a living as a tour guide in Venice. His new customers are Mrs. Billings from the USA and her daughter Barbara. Barbara falls in love with Pierre, but her father and her admirer Ronnie see the French as an adventurer. To test him, the father offers Pierre a job in his chewing gum factory in New York.

Pierre moves to New York and lives in a shabby guesthouse. In the factory he is given the hardest work. Barbara convinces him that only quick thinking and bluff are worth something in American business life. Pierre impresses his landlady Toinette and the maid Jennie with his singing. When he is expected at a party organized by Barbara that evening, he falls asleep before leaving.

Pierre is falsely accused of mixing rum in some chewing gum. He is fired, but the idea occurs to him to advertise rum-flavored chewing gum with his singing. Barbara is offended and plans to marry Ronnie, but Pierre kidnaps her in a racing boat.


Mordaunt Hall of the New York Times found Chevalier's heartfelt portrayal made up for the ludicrous exaggeration of this unimaginative tale.

Channel 4 wrote that the usual collection of songs intended to establish a romance fails to generate emotions.


At the third Academy Awards in 1930 , Maurice Chevalier was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category.


The premiere took place on May 3, 1930.

A French version of the film was shot at the same time . It was called Le Grande Mare . In both versions, Maurice Chevalier sings the songs You Brought a Ne Kind of Love to Me (composed by Sammy Fein, Irving Kahal and Pierre Norman) and Livin 'in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight (composed by Al Shernman and Al Lewis ) .

The film is one of over 700 Paramount Pictures productions filmed between 1929 and 1949, the television rights of which were sold to Universal Pictures in 1958 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Critique of the New York Times (Eng.)
  2. Review of Channel 4 (Eng.)