Moonlight and Pretzels

Moonlight and Pretzels is a 1933 American Pre-Code musical film, directed by Karl Freund, about a man who puts on a Broadway show. The film was released by Universal Studios and featured Mary Brian and William Frawley, now best-known as "Fred Mertz" on the 1950s TV show I Love Lucy; Freund was the groundbreaking cinematographer for I Love Lucy.

Moonlight and Pretzels
Directed byKarl Freund
Written byMonte Brice
Jay Gorney
Sig Herzig
Arthur L. Jarrett
Produced byStanley Bergerman
Monte Brice
William Rowland
StarringLeo Carrillo
Mary Brian
Roger Pryor
Herbert Rawlinson
CinematographyWilliam Miller
Edited byRobert Snody
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release date
August 1, 1933 (1933-08-01)
Running time
83 minutes
LanguageUnited States


  • Leo Carrillo as Nick Pappacropolis (credited as Leo Carillo)
  • Mary Brian as Sally Upton
  • Roger Pryor as George Dwight
  • Herbert Rawlinson as Sport Powell
  • Lillian Miles as Elsie Warren
  • Bobby Watson as Bertie
  • William Frawley as Mac
  • Jack Denny as himself (credited as Jack Denny and His Orchestra)
  • Frank Britton as himself (credited as Frank and Milt Britton and Band)
  • Milt Britton as himself (credited as Frank and Milt Britton and Band)
  • Alexander Gray as singer
  • Bernice Claire as singer
  • Eton Boys as themselves (Musical Vocal Ensemble)
  • John Hundley as Man in Bed
  • Doris Carson as Woman in Bed


The film was not produced in Hollywood, but was filmed at the Astoria Studios in Astoria, Queens, New York City, primarily used by Paramount Pictures.[1]

Dances were choreographed by Bobby Connolly.[2]

Lobby card for Moonlight and Pretzels


  1. ^ "More Musicals". Brooklyn Eagle. June 11, 1933. p. 23. Retrieved June 6, 2020 – via
  2. ^ "Cinema: The New Pictures". Time. August 21, 1933. Retrieved June 6, 2020.

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