Lottery Bride

The Lottery Bride

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Director: Paul Stein, Jeanette MacDonald, John Garrick, Joe E. Brown

Cast: Paul Stein, Jeanette MacDonald, John Garrick, Joe E. Brown

     
 
Based on "Bride 66," a tone poem by composer Herbert Stothart, The Lottery Bride takes place in a distinctly Hollywoodized Norway. Ever on the lookout for extra cash, heroine Jenny Swanson (Jeanette MacDonald) coerces her sweetheart Chris Svenson (John Garrick) to participate with her in a three-day marathon race. When the exhausted couple fails to win first

Overview

Based on "Bride 66," a tone poem by composer Herbert Stothart, The Lottery Bride takes place in a distinctly Hollywoodized Norway. Ever on the lookout for extra cash, heroine Jenny Swanson (Jeanette MacDonald) coerces her sweetheart Chris Svenson (John Garrick) to participate with her in a three-day marathon race. When the exhausted couple fails to win first prize, Jenny enters herself in a "wife lottery." Though the lucky winner appears to be Chris's older brother, it is actually Chris himself -- but he isn't aware of it, having embarked on a dirigible expedition to the Yukon. Only after surviving a crash landing does Chris return home for a blissful reunion with Jenny. With a plot this silly, why did the producers bother to hire Joe E. Brown and ZaSu Pitts as comedy relief?

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Anyone without a taste for operetta will need to steer well clear of The Lottery Bride, a truly foolish little trifle that has enough musical moments to satisfy operetta fans but that will irritate those who demand a strong screenplay or inventive direction. As one might guess from that description, Lottery pretty much rises or falls on its score and performers. With the mighty Rudolf Friml supplying the music, there are plenty of gorgeous melodies, the kind for which words like "soaring" and "stirring" were invented -- although to some ears, "bombastic" and "over-operatic" might be more appropriate. (Whatever one thinks of the music, it's hard to make a case in defense of the arch, annoying J. Keirn Brennan lyrics.) And Friml is fortunate to have the glorious voice of Jeanette MacDonald around to take the all-important soprano lead, as well as Robert Chisholm and John Garrick] to handle the testosterone tunes. Unfortunately, there is a lot of Lottery that is not sung, and here these cast members fare less well. This includes MacDonald], who actually was a good actress but who here is mannered and artificial. Joe E. Brown and ZaSu Pitts do well in supporting comic roles. The script is poor, and Paul Stein's direction is stodgy.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2007
UPC:
0738329055424
Original Release:
1930
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
1:05:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanette MacDonald Jenny Swanson
John Garrick Chris Svenson
Joe E. Brown Hoke Curtis
ZaSu Pitts Hilda
Robert Chisholm Olaf Svenson
Joseph Macaulay Alberto
Harry Gribbon Battleaxe Boris
Carroll Nye Nels Swanson
Frank Brownlee Guard
Max Davidson Marriage Broker
Robert E. Homans Miner
Paul Hurst Lottery Agent

Technical Credits
Paul Stein Director
Orville O. Dull Production Manager
Park French Production Designer
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Rudolf Friml Score Composer
Arthur Hammerstein Producer
J. Keirn Brennan Songwriter
Horace Jackson Screenwriter
Ray June Cinematographer
Robert J. Kern Editor
Walter Mayo Asst. Director
William Cameron Menzies Art Director,Production Designer
Alice O'Neill Costumes/Costume Designer
Hugo Riesenfeld Musical Direction/Supervision
Howard Emmet Rogers Screenwriter
Joseph M. Schenck Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lottery Bride
1. Opening Titles [1:46]
2. "Drinking Song" [1:29]
3. "Yubia" [3:38]
4. "My Northern Light" [5:29]
5. The Dance Marathon [7:49]
6. Prison Proposal [2:16]
7. The Lottery [7:28]
8. "Brother Love" [6:00]
9. The Other Man [3:28]
10. "High and Low" [2:47]
11. "Song of Napoli" [3:14]
12. "You're an Angel" [6:25]
13. "High and Low" (Reprise) [2:27]
14. "I'll Follow the Trail" [3:29]
15. The Storm [3:44]
16. The End of the Earth [5:41]

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The Lottery Bride 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Marvin0 More than 1 year ago
A fun film from the early years of sound motion pictures. Not a great piece of film making, but indicative of the innocence of filmed entertainment of the era. Two versions were released: the original 79-minute release with the final several minutes in crude two strip Technicolor, and the 1937 edited version that runs 67 minutes without the color scene. The ads for this celluloid programmer are interesting. It seems movie fans were tired of musicals, so the ads make little note of the music in Lottery Bride. The film is billed more as a "drama." Marvin, Louisville.