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 … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Albert Hackett, John Lee Mahin, Frances Goodrich
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 13, 2011
MGM Home Entertainment



as Captain Richard Warr...

as Gov. Gaspar d'Annard

as Mme. d'Annard

as Prince de Namours de...

as Herr Schuman

as Don Carlos de Bragan...

as Frau Schuman

as Rudolpho, Puppet Ma...

as Abraham `Abe'

as Ezekiel Cramer "Zeke...

as Casquette Girl

as Mme. Renavant

as Casquette Girl

as Casquette Girl

as Casquette Girl

as Casquette Girl

as Casquette Girl

as Casquette Girl

as Casquette Girl

as Mercenary Scout

as Mercenary Scout

as Mercenary Scout

as Mercenary Scout

as Mercenary Scout

as Mercenary Scout

as Havre Gendarme Chief

as Marietta Franini

as Bouget, Petshop Kee...

as Prunella, Marie's M...

as Marietta's Drunk `Br...

as Ship's Captain

as Pirate Captain

as Pirate

as Duenna

as Dueler

as Town Crier

as Priest on Dock

as Mama's Boy

as Maj. Cornell

as Sergeant

as Marie's Suitor

as Marie's Suitor

as Herald at Ball

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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