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The Big Pond

The Big Pond
theatrical poster
Directed by Hobart Henley
Produced by Monta Bell
Written by Play:
George Middleton
A.E. Thomas
Garrett Fort
Robert Presnell Sr.
Preston Sturges
Starring Maurice Chevalier
Claudette Colbert
Music by Irving Kahal
Al Sherman
Lew Brown
Ray Henderson
Sammy Fain
Al Lewis
B. G. DeSylva
Pierre Norman
Cinematography George J. Folsey
Edited by Emma Hill
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
May 3, 1930
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Big Pond is a 1930 American romantic comedy film based on a 1928 play of the same name by Paramount Pictures.

The Big Pond was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Maurice Chevalier, and also provided Chevalier with his first American hit song "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight" written by Al Sherman and Al Lewis.[2]


Pierre Mirande ([3][4]




The Big Pond and its French language version La grande mare[6] were shot simultaneously at the Paramount Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens, New York City.[7][8] Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Andrée Corday and Nat Pendelton played the same roles in both versions.[6]


Maurice Chevalier was nominated for a 1930 Academy Award for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" for his performance in The Big Pond as well as his performance in The Love Parade (1929).[8]

French version

The French language version of The Big Pond, which was filmed simultaneously with the English version, was called La grande mare. The cast was:

  • Maurice Chevalier as Pierre Mirande
  • Claudette Colbert as Barbara Billings
  • Henry Mortimer as Mr. Billings
  • Maude Allen as Mrs. Billings
  • Andrée Corday as Toinette
  • William B. Williams as Ronnie
  • Nat Pendleton as Pat O'Day
  • Loraine Jaillet as Jennie

Writer Preston Sturges was fluent in French, but additional dialogue was provided by Jacques Bataille-Henri. The technical credits for the two versions are the same, except the editing for the French version was done by Barney Rogan.[6]


  1. ^ The Big Pond at the Internet Broadway Database
  2. ^ Sherman, Robert B. Walt's Time: from before to beyond, Santa Clarita: Camphor Tree Publishers, 1998.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal Plot synopsis (Allmovie)
  4. ^ TCM Full synopsis
  5. ^ TCM Music
  6. ^ a b c La Grande Mare at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ IMDB Filming locations
  8. ^ a b TCM Notes

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