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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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Cast

Jeanette MacDonald
as Sarah Millick
Nelson Eddy
as Carl Linden
George Sanders
as Baron Von Tranisch
Ian Hunter
as Lord Shayne
Edward Ashley
as Harry Daventry
Curt Bois
as Ernst
Fay Holden
as Mrs. Millick
Sig Rumann
as Herr Schlick
Janet Beecher
as Lady Daventry
Charles Judels
as Herr Wyler
Herman Bing
as Market Keeper
Greta Meyer
as Mama Luden
Hans Conried
as Rudolph
Jeff Corey
as Border
Armand Kaliz
as Headwaiter
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Made at the height of their popularity, this charming Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald operetta was nominated for two Oscars, cinematography and Art Direction.

April 7, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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