The Cat and the Fiddle (film)

The Cat and the Fiddle

Original sheet music
Directed by William K. Howard
Sam Wood (uncredited)
Produced by Bernard H. Hyman
Written by Otto A. Harbach (book)
Bella Spewack (screenplay)
Starring Ramon Novarro
Jeanette MacDonald
Cinematography Charles G. Clarke
Ray Rennahan
Harold Rosson
Edited by Frank Hull
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • February 16, 1934 (1934-02-16)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $843,000[1]
Box office $455,000 (Domestic earnings)[1]
$644,000 (Foreign earnings)[1]

The Cat and the Fiddle is a 1934 American Pre-Code romantic musical film directed by William K. Howard based on the hit 1931 Broadway musical of the same name by Jerome Kern and Otto A. Harbach, about a romance between a struggling composer and an American singer. The film stars Ramon Novarro and Jeanette MacDonald in her MGM debut.

The final reel was filmed in the then newly perfected three-strip Technicolor process, previously used only in Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies cartoons.


Box office

The film grossed a total (domestic and foreign) of $1,099,000: $455,000 from the US and Canada and $644,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $142,000.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 Turk, Edward Baron "Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald" (University of California Press, 1998)

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