Bitter Sweet (1940)

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Previously filmed in 1933, Noel Coward's sentimental operetta Bitter Sweet was transformed by MGM seven years later into a Jeanette MacDonald-Nelson Eddy vehicle, complete with Technicolor. Set in late 19th century Vienna, the story focuses on the romance between music teacher Carl Linden (Eddy) and his prize pupil Sarah Milick (MacDonald). Eloping with Sarah, Carl writes an operetta specially tailored for her talents, which earns her fame and fortune. Alas, poor Carl does not live long enough to see Sarah's triumph, but it is clear that she will never forget him. Chock full of memorable tunes and familiar character faces in the supporting cast (best of all is Herman Bing as a Viennese shopkeeper), Bitter Sweet is musical moviemaking at its best.
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NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Cast

George Sanders
as Baron Von Tranisch
Hans Conried
as Rudolph
Curt Bois
as Ernst
Ian Hunter
as Lord Shayne
Jeanette MacDonald
as Sarah Millick
Jeff Corey
as Border
Fay Holden
as Mrs. Millick
Nelson Eddy
as Carl Linden
Herman Bing
as Market Keeper
Charles Judels
as Herr Wyler
Janet Beecher
as Lady Daventry
Edward Ashley
as Harry Daventry
Greta Meyer
as Mama Luden
Sig Rumann
as Herr Schlick
Armand Kaliz
as Headwaiter
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Critic Reviews for Bitter Sweet

All Critics (1)

Made at the height of their popularity, this charming Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald operetta was nominated for two Oscars, cinematography and Art Direction.

Full Review… | April 7, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Bitter Sweet

Even though Noel Coward claimed to have cried from despair after seeing it, this is one of the better MacDonald-Eddy operettas; the two singers are in fine form singing "I'll See You Again" and the MGM Technicolor production is lovely to look at.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt
½

Made at the height of their popularity, this charming Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald operetta was nominated for two Oscars, cinematography and Art Direction.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood
½

Turn of the century piece about a song student, Sarah Millick, MacDonald, who falls for her teacher, Carl Linden, Eddy. They move to Vienna, struggle at first to become singers playing on the street until they are heard outside of a gambling house by Baron Von Tranisch, George Sanders. Carl writes Sarah an opera which is not produced until after Carl is killed by the Baron. The opera is a success but it is "bitter sweet" for Sarah. The opera stage productions are extravagant and dazzling. While the movie serves as not much more than a vehicle for the songs it is still worth a watch.

Mike L
Mike L

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