The Rogue Song (film)

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The Rogue Song is a 1930 romantic musical film which tells the story of a Russian bandit who falls in love with a princess, but takes his revenge on her when her brother rapes and kills his sister. It was directed by Lionel Barrymore and Hal Roach (uncredited) and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film stars Lawrence Tibbett who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. Laurel and Hardy have small roles, which were filmed at the last minute and interspersed throughout the film in an attempt to boost the film's box office appeal. The Rogue Song is now considered a lost film, although a number of fragments have survived.



The story takes place in Russia in the year 1910. Yegor (Lawrence Tibbett), a dashing (as well as singing) bandit leader meets Princess Vera (Catherine Dale Owen) at a mountain inn. They fall in love, but the relationship is shattered when Yegor kills Vera's brother, Prince Serge, for raping his sister, Nadja, and driving her to suicide. Yegor kidnaps Vera, forcing her to live a life of lowly servitude among the bandits. Vera manages to outwit Yegor, who is captured by soldiers and flogged. Vera begs Yegor's forgiveness. Although still in love with each other, they realize they cannot be together, at least for the time being.



  • "The Rogue Song" (Sung by Lawrence Tibbett)
  • "The Narrative" (Sung by Lawrence Tibbett)
  • "Love Comes Like A Bird On The Wing" (Sung by Lawrence Tibbett)
  • "The White Dove" (Sung by Lawrence Tibbett)
  • "Swan Ballet" (Played by Studio Orchestra)
  • "Once In The Georgian Hills" (Sung by Lawrence Tibbett)
  • "When I'm Looking At You" (Sung by Lawrence Tibbett)

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