I Married an Angel (1942)

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The final pairing of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, an adaptation of a Rodgers & Hart musical, stars Eddy as a playboy who fantasizes that he is romancing an angel (MacDonald).
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NR
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Romance
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MGM

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Cast

Robert Spencer
as Peacock
Ludwig Stossel
as Janitor
Jeanette MacDonald
as Anna / Brigitta
Reginald Owen
as Herman `Whiskers' Rothbart
Douglas Dumbrille
as Baron Szigetti
Mona Maris
as Marika
George Davis
as Pushcart Vendor
Nelson Eddy
as Count Palaffi
Oliver Blake
as Mr. Gherkin
Charles Judels
as Customs Officer
Veda Ann Borg
as Willie's Morning Lady
Carol Hughes
as Willie's Morning Lady
Esther Dale
as Mrs. Gherkin
Luis Alberni
as Jean Frederique
Dick Elliott
as Mr. Scallion
Tyler Brooke
as Lucien
Sig Arno
as Waiter
Bert Roach
as Board Member
Harry Worth
as Waiter
Cecil Cunningham
as Mrs. Fairmind
Frank Reicher
as Driver
Robert Greig
as Major-domo
Grace Hayle
as Mrs. Gabby
Odette Myrtil
as Modiste
George Humbert
as Taxi Driver
Vaughan Glaser
as Father Andreas
Ferdinand Munier
as Rich Man
Joel Friedkin
as Board Member
Almira Sessions
as Mrs. Scallion
Otto Hoffman
as Mr. Flit
Maxine Leslie
as Willie's Evening Lady
Anita Bolster
as Mrs. Kipper
Robert Grieg
as Major-domo
Florence Auer
as Mrs. Roquefort
Walter Soderling
as Mr. Kipper
Ben Hall
as Delivery Boy
Maude Allen
as Woman
Alphonse Martell
as Headwaiter
Leonard Carey
as Servant
Paul Power
as Scottish Highlander
Jack Lipson
as Mr. Roquefort
Fredrik Vogeding
as Customs Officer
Gertrude W. Hoffman
as Lady Gimcrack
Anthony Blair
as Board Member
Carolyn Hughes
as Willie's Morning Ladies
Arthur Dulac
as French News Vendor
George Ford
as Neptune
Leda Nicova
as Night No. 2
Lon Poff
as Mr. Dodder
Earle Dewey
as Board Member
Max Willenz
as Assistant Manager
Aileen Haley
as Infanta
Guy Bellis
as Servant
John Marlowe
as Louis XIV
Margaret Moffat
as Mother Zador
Sam Savitsky
as Doorman
Charles Bancroft
as Chimney Sweep
Muriel Barr
as Mermaid
Lillian Eggers
as Willie's Evening Lady
Charles J. Brabin
as Mr. Fairmind
Gabriel Guy
as Infanta
Jack Vlaskin
as Milk Wagon Driver
Harry Horwitz
as French News Vendor
Evelyn Atchinson
as Marie Antoinette
Edwina Coolidge
as Queen Elizabeth
Ruth Adler
as Night No. 1
Vivian DuBois
as Night No. 3
Betty Hayward
as Night No. 4
Dorothy Hans
as Infanta
Joe Hartman
as Marc Anthony
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Bizarre MacDonald-Eddy MGM musical (their last one together) is a bowdlerized adaptation of the Rodgers and Hart stage hit; the film retains the title song and "Spring Is Here."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Although I MARRIED AN ANGEL was adapted from a successful Broadway musical - it flopped at the box office and marked the end of the string of films which co-starred Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. It was reasoned that movie audiences by this time wanted to hear a more contemporary sound rather than the operatic style belted out by the dynamic duo. It's also reasoned that the Hayes Codes caused the filmmakers to make considerable cuts and tone down some of the more "racier" elements of the Broadway play - which is somewhat of a cop out methinks because there were some excellent films made in spite of the Hayes codes (THE LADY EVE for example). I think the elements were certainly in place for this to have been a potentially very good film - but the execution just wasn't quite there. Something about the timing or rhythm to the comedy just feels off overall. It could be the editing - especially noticeable in the early scenes when footage of lowly bank secretary, Anna Zador (MacDonald) and playboy bank president, Willie Palaffi (Eddy) are spliced together to make it seem that they are in the scene together when you know they were not. The sets and costumes are as elaborate as any of the previous MacDonald/Eddy outings. The costume ball scene is very well staged and MGM spared no expenses in that regard. The slinky costumes worn by actresses Mona Maris, Janis Carter and Inez Cooper during their musical number - "Tira Lira La" are especially sexy (um, what Hayes codes?...I told you it could be done, didn't I?) I though there was a nice fantasy sequence as the angel Brigitta (also played by MacDonald) descends from heaven and all the flowers and some of the furniture in the room bows down to her. It was also fun to watch Jeanette MacDonald channel Marlene Deitrich during another musical number later in the film. The film also seemed that it could have been a throwback to Jeanette MacDonald's earlier films directed by Ernst Lubitsch (ONE HOUR WITH YOU or THE LOVE PARADE.) No, I MARRIED AN ANGEL doesn't touch the greatness of those two earlier films (and which made me a big fan of Jeanette MacDonald btw) but the POTENTIAL was there. ( sigh ) Too bad.

bernard anselmo
bernard anselmo

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