Sweet Adeline

Sweet Adeline

Director: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Irene Dunne, Donald Woods, Hugh Herbert

DVD (Black & White)

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Sweet Adeline

The 1929 Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein Broadway musical Sweet Adeline has generally been credited as the vanguard for the "Gay 90s" nostalgia fad of the early 1930s. By the time the film was adapted to the screen in 1935, that fad had pretty much played itself out, making the property seem more old-fashioned than ever. Irene Dunne takes over from Broadway's Helen Morgan as beer-hall entertainer Adeline Schmidt, whose romance with songwriter Sid Barnett (Donald Woods) undergoes an inordinate number of setbacks in the course of the film's 85 minutes. Much of the play's libretto has been scrapped in favor of an espionage angle, as Adeline tries to avoid assassination at the hands of a Spanish spy named Elysia (Wini Shaw). Contemporary critics carped that Irene Dunne was unable to match Helen Morgan's delivery of such torch songs as "Why Was I Born"; this is true enough, but Warner Bros. deserves credit for endeavoring to cast Dunne against type.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/20/2015
UPC: 0888574294076
Original Release: 1934
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 11,992

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Irene Dunne Adeline Schmidt
Donald Woods Sid Barnett
Hugh Herbert Rupert Rockingham
Ned Sparks Dan Herziq
Joseph Cawthorn Oscar Schmidt
Louis Calhern Maj. Jim Day
Winifred Shaw Elysia
Nydia Westman Nellie Schmidt
Dorothy Dare Dot
Phil Regan Singer
Don Alvarado Renaldo
Jack Mulhall Bob
Noah Beery Sultan
William Arnold Man
Joe Bernard Waiter
Nick Copeland Prop Man
Martin Garralaga Dark Young Man
Charles Hickman Manx
Milt Kibbee Stagehand
Howard Mitchell Bartender
William V. Mong Cobbler
Ferdinand Munier Gen. Hawks
David Newell Young Man
Eddie Shubert Eddie
Landers Stevens Actor
Mary Treen Girl
Harry Tyler Louise
Emmett Vogan Captain

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director
Edward Chodorov Producer
Bobby Connolly Choreography
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Erwin S. Gelsey Screenwriter
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Harold McLernon Editor
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Sol Polito Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sweet Adeline
1. Chapter 1 [8:07]
2. Chapter 2 [9:20]
3. Chapter 3 [7:11]
4. Chapter 4 [8:33]
5. Chapter 5 [7:01]
6. Chapter 6 [7:48]
7. Chapter 7 [7:52]
8. Chapter 8 [8:37]
9. Chapter 9 [7:52]
10. Chapter 10 [6:47]
11. Chapter 11 [7:20]
12. Chapter 12 [:54]

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