- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 3, 2012
- Originally Released: 1937
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Description by OLDIES.com:
Millionaire opera buff Lucius B. Blynn (Edward Everett Horton) heads to Africa after big game -- and bags himself a coloratura. What Blynn doesn't know is that his exotic discovery, Oogahunga the Bird-Girl (Metropolitan Opera legend Lily Pons), is actually a Parisian jazz singer named Suzette, transplanted to the jungle by an enterprising press agent (Jack Oakie) who knows a great story when he makes one up.
Raoul Walsh (White Heat) takes the reins of a zany musical that shifts between the comic (compliments of Oakie, Horton and Eric Blore as an imperious oboist) and the sublime (Pons' glorious voice graces several numbers, including the "Mad Scene" aria from Lucia di Lammermoor, the opera that catapulted her to renown). The musical director is easy-listening maestro Andre Kostelanetz, who must have made quite an impression on the leading lady: he wed Pons just a few months after Hitting a New High premiered.
In this musical, a nightclub singer (Lily Pons) secretly aspires to sing at the Met. To help her, her agent (Jack Oakie) decides to dress her up as "Ooga-Hunga, the Bird Girl" and send her off on a merry chase of an influential opera lover (Eric Blore) who has gone on an African safari. When he sees her, he is truly agog and at last she fulfills her lifelong goal. Songs include: "You're Like a Song," "I Hit a New High," "Let's Give Love Another Chance," and "This Never Happened Before." Excerpts from operas include: "Lucia Di Lammermoor," "Mignon," "Je Suis Titania," and "Le Rossignol Et La Rose."