Moulin Rouge
Film poster
Directed bySidney Lanfield
Written byHans Kraly
Gregory La Cava
Sam Mintz
Screenplay byNunnally Johnson
Henry Lehrman
Produced byWilliam Goetz
Raymond Griffith
Darryl F. Zanuck
StarringConstance Bennett
Franchot Tone
CinematographyCharles Rosher
Edited byLloyd Nibley
Lloyd Nosler
Music byAlfred Newman
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • January 19, 1934 (1934-01-19)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States

Moulin Rouge is an American pre-Code musical film released on January 19, 1934, by United Artists, starring Constance Bennett and Franchot Tone. It contained the songs "Coffee in the Morning and Kisses in the Night", and "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" with music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin. Lucille Ball appears in an uncredited role as a show girl in the film.[1] It has no relation to any other films of/with the same name. The cast also includes Tullio Carminati, Helen Westley, Russ Brown, Hobart Cavanaugh and Georges Renavent.[1]

The film was Twentieth Century Pictures' fourth most popular movie of the year.[2]


A singer marries a famous composer, and after a while she gets the itch to go back on the stage. However, her husband won't let her. When she hears that a popular French singer named "Raquel" is coming to New York, she decides to go to Raquel with a plan—unbeknownst to her husband, "Raquel" is actually her sister, and her plan is for them to switch places so she can fulfill her dream of going back on the stage. However, things don't go quite as planned.



Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Performed by Constance Bennett in rehearsal
Reprised by Constance Bennett and chorus in the show finale
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Constance Bennett at audition
Reprised by Constance Bennett with Russ Columbo and also The Boswell Sisters in the show finale
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Tullio Carminati while playing the piano


  1. ^ a b Moulin Rouge (1934) full cast and credits at IMDB
  2. ^ DOUGLAS W. CHURCHILL (December 30, 1934). "THE YEAR IN HOLLYWOOD: 1984 May Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Sweetness-and-Light Era". New York Times. p. X5.