This was to become Jones's most distinguished screen role, in which, under the direction of James Whale, he was to display dramatic acting ability as well as musical talent. He made a brief appearance in the 1936 Nelson Eddy - Jeanette MacDonald film Rose Marie, singing music from Charles Gounod's Roméo et Juliette and Giacomo Puccini's Tosca, but according to Merchant of Dreams, Charles Higham's biography of Louis B. Mayer, Eddy, who apparently considered Jones a rival and a potential threat, asked that most of Jones' footage in Rose Marie be cut, including his rendition of the great Puccini aria E lucevan le stelle - and MGM agreed to Eddy's demand. After 1940, the year in which Jones starred in the rather unsuccessful film version of Rodgers and Hart's The Boys from Syracuse, he was relegated to appearances only in B-films. In later years, he began appearing onstage in touring companies of such shows as Man of La Mancha. Jones was never a dentist, as many websites report. Jones had an active singing career in movies, television, on the stage, and in nightclubs from 1935 until his retirement. He died in New York City, aged 84 from lung cancer.
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