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Naughty Marietta (1935)




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The first of MGM's phenomenally profitable Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy musicals, Naughty Marietta takes several beneficial liberties with the libretto of the original Victor Herbert operetta. MacDonald plays an 18th-century French princess who escapes an arranged marriage by posing as a "cake girl," a mail-order bride sent to the New World to marry a colonist. En route, MacDonald and the other brides are captured by pirates, but are rescued by mercenary Eddy and his roistering companions. To avoid marrying some lowly farmer or frontiersman, simon-pure MacDonald intimates that she is a woman with a "history," which makes her attractive to the glitterati of old New Orleans. Only Eddy sees through MacDonald's feigned "naughtiness," and in the end claims her for his own. The most memorable of the Herbert songs retained for the film version of Naughty Marietta was "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life", which remained one of Jeanette MacDonald's signature tunes ever afterward.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Albert Hackett, John Lee Mahin, Frances Goodrich
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On DVD: Jul 13, 2011
MGM Home Entertainment


Nelson Eddy
as Captain Richard Warr...
Frank Morgan
as Gov. Gaspar d'Annard
Elsa Lanchester
as Mme. d'Annard
Douglas Dumbrille
as Prince de Namours de...
Joseph Cawthorn
as Herr Schuman
Walter Kingsford
as Don Carlos de Bragan...
Greta Meyer
as Frau Schuman
Akim Tamiroff
as Rudolpho, Puppet Mas...
Harold Huber
as Abraham `Abe'
Edward S. Brophy
as Ezekiel Cramer "Zeke...
Mary Doran
as Casquette Girl
Olive Carey
as Mme. Renavant
Jane Mercer
as Casquette Girl
Marjorie Main
as Casquette Girl
Jean Chatburn
as Casquette Girl
Patricia Farley
as Casquette Girl
Jane Barnes
as Casquette Girl
Kay English
as Casquette Girl
Linda Parker
as Casquette Girl
Arthur Belasco
as Mercenary Scout
Tex Driscoll
as Mercenary Scout
Edward Hearn
as Mercenary Scout
Edmund Cobb
as Mercenary Scout
Charles Dunbar
as Mercenary Scout
Ed Brady
as Mercenary Scout
William Desmond
as Havre Gendarme Chief
Helen Shipman
as Marietta Franini
William Burress
as Bouget, Petshop Kee...
Catherine Griffith
as Prunella, Marie's M...
Billy Dooley
as Marietta's Drunk `Br...
Guy Usher
as Ship's Captain
Walter Long
as Pirate Captain
Mary Foy
as Duenna
Bob McKenzie
as Town Crier
Delos Jewkes
as Priest on Dock
Ben Hall
as Mama's Boy
Edward Keane
as Maj. Cornell
Roger Gray
as Sergeant
Ralph Brooks
as Marie's Suitor
Edward Norris
as Marie's Suitor
Wilfred Lucas
as Herald at Ball
Jack Mower
as Nobleman
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Critic Reviews for Naughty Marietta

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

The comedy being insufficient to sustain this much footage, with no especially exciting action, provides serious handicaps.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Top Critic

Pictorially handsome in the lavish Metro style, the work tells its story in spirited, romantic episodes which catch your fancy quite independently of the songs and the music.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The first MacDonald-Eddy vehicle, enormously popular in its day so somebody must have been able to stand this simpering duo.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The score includes the parodist's favorite, "Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life," and other numbers too annoying to mention.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A much underrated if not great film, Naughty Marietta features some particulary amusing supporting work by Harold Huber and Edward Brophy.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, this is the first of eight but not the best teaming of Eddie Nelson and Jeannette MacDonald.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011

Audience Reviews for Naughty Marietta


Beautiful musical numbers, a plot that was unbelievably but at least historically sound, and an ending that seemed a little out of place. In all it was a nice movie to watch on a Summer morning.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

So memorable that I had to be reminded that I saw it. Dated whimsy.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Wow, what a Voice!!!! Jeanette MacDonald with her Glorious Opera Voice, & she was always so lovely to look at, was an Oldie Movie Favorite of mine.In this one she is a Run Away Princess who falls in love with a Soldier i 18th Century New Orleans, so it's a bit of a Dreamy Musical Movie

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