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Sweethearts
     

Sweethearts

Director: W.S. Van Dyke,

Cast: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan

 

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Contrary to popular belief, the Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald Technicolor confection Sweethearts is not based on the 1913 Victor Herbert operetta of the same name (though most of Herbert's songs remain intact), but a Dorothy Parker-Alan Campbell brainstorm about a popular Broadway singing duo, starring in a long-running production of Sweethearts. The

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Contrary to popular belief, the Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald Technicolor confection Sweethearts is not based on the 1913 Victor Herbert operetta of the same name (though most of Herbert's songs remain intact), but a Dorothy Parker-Alan Campbell brainstorm about a popular Broadway singing duo, starring in a long-running production of Sweethearts. The early portions of the film take place during a purported presentation of the Herbert piece, with Eddy and MacDonald singing their hearts out and Ray Bolger providing comic relief. We then segue into a long sequence wherein producer Frank Morgan, celebrating Sweethearts's six-year run, insists that Eddy and MacDonald attend a lavish party, where the weary performers are called upon to continue singing throughout the evening. Hoping for a few moments alone after escaping the party, Eddy and MacDonald are besieged at their apartment by friends, co-workers, hangers-on and sponging relatives. Seeking peace and quiet, the couple agrees to leave Sweethearts for the comparative calm of Hollywood. But their entourage, fearing that they'll lose their meal ticket if Eddy and MacDonald leave New York, arrange to inaugurate two profitable road companies of Sweethearts by contriving to split up the loving couple. Cleverly sidestepping the sugary sweet sentimentality that one might expect from an MGM musical of the era, the delightful Sweethearts is hampered only by its overlength.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Sweethearts is one of the most enjoyable of the Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy series of operettas. While it lacks both the iconic stature and the inclusion of "classic" MacDonald-Eddy duets associated with some of their more revered outings, Sweethearts is possessed of something much more rare: a genuinely amusing screenplay. In most of the pair's outings, the script ranges from middling to poor, with the films saved by the musical moments. Dorothy Parker and Alan Campbell's screenplay for Sweethearts, totally dispending with the story of the original stage production, is a delight. It starts with amusing and workable (if admittedly far-fetched) premise and builds upon this foundation with dialogue that is often very witty. MacDonald, an excellent comedienne, gets a chance to flex her underused comic muscles, and even Eddy comes alive here: he's no farceur, but he is livelier and more engaging in his dialogue scenes than one expects. And, of course, the duo is in great voice, handling some gorgeous Victor Herbert melodies, clothed in elaborate costumes and photographed lovingly in Technicolor. Throw in a marvelous dance near the beginning from Ray Bolger and the always dependable Frank Morgan and the result is a winner.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/13/2011
UPC:
0883316333518
Original Release:
1938
Source:
Warner Archives
Sales rank:
14,339

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanette MacDonald Gwen Marlowe
Nelson Eddy Ernest Lane
Frank Morgan Felix Lehman
Ray Bolger Hans the Dancer
Florence Rice Kay Jordan
Mischa Auer Leo Kronk
Herman Bing Oscar Engel
Reginald Gardiner Norman Trumpett
Fay Holden Hannah the Dresser
Allyn Joslyn Dink Rogers
Gene Lockhart Augustus Marlowe
Kathleen Lockhart Aunt Amelia Lane
Berton Churchill Sheridan Lane
Terry Kilburn Gwen's brother
Raymond Walburn Orlando Lane
Douglas McPhail Harvey Horton
Betty Jaynes Una Wilson
George Barbier Benjamin Silver
Dalies Frantz Concert Pianist
Irving Bacon Assistant Director
Don Barclay Taxi Driver from Bridgeport
Joan Barclay Actor
Wilson Benge 2nd Valet to Ernest
Lucille Browne Actor
A.S. Byron Policeman
Dorothy Christy Actor
Betty Ross Clarke Actor
Jimmy Conlin Property Man
Roger Converse Usher
Hal Cooke Actor
George Cooper Actor
Hal K. Dawson Morty
Valerie Day Actor
Joe Devlin New York Taxi Driver
Lester Dorr Dance Director
Edward Earle Actor
George Ernest 1st Call Boy
James Farley Carriage Starter
James Flavin Theater Doorman
Jack Gardner Reporter
Jack George Violinist
Pat Gleason Actor
Maude Turner Gordon Dowager
Dorothy Gray His Girl Friend
Gerald Hamer Harry
Forrester Harvey Tailor's Assistant
Grace Hayle Telephone Operator
Mary Howard Actor
Margaret Irving Madame
Suzanne Kaaren Actor
Marjorie "Babe" Kane Telephone Operator
Dave Kerman Actor
Reid Kilpatrick Radio Announcer
Ethelreda Leopold Chorus Girl
Philip Loeb Samuel Silver
Paul Marquardt Conductor of Marine Band
Mira McKinney Actor
Frank Mills Electrician
Bruce Mitchell Stage Hand
Emory Parnell Fire Inspector
Barbara Pepper Actor
Lee Phelps Doorman at St. Regis
Dick Rich Actor
Cyril Ring Waiter
Ralph Sanford Stage Hand
Fred Santley Music Vendor
Edwin Stanley Actor
Richard Tucker Actor
Gayne Whitman Commentator
Toby Wing Telephone Operator
Marvin Jones Boy in Lobby
Ralph Malone Actor
Brent Sargent Men in Lobby
Lulu Mae Bohrman Women in Lobby
Jenifer Gray Mr. Silver's Secretary
Sharon Lewis Actor
Vivian Reid Actor
Lucile Watson Mrs. Marlowe
Olin Howland Appleby the Box Office Man

Technical Credits
W.S. Van Dyke Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Campbell Screenwriter
Allen M. Davey Cinematographer
Fred de Gresac Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Robert J. Kern Editor
Oliver Marsh Cinematographer
Dorothy Parker Screenwriter
Albertina Rasch Choreography
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Hunt Stromberg Producer
Slavko Vorkapich Special Effects
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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