Naughty Marietta (1935)




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In this film, Jeanette 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. En route, MacDonald and the other brides are captured by pirates.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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MGM Home Entertainment


Nelson Eddy
as Capt. Richard Warrington
Frank Morgan
as Gov. Gaspar d'Annard
Elsa Lanchester
as Mme. d'Annard
Douglas Dumbrille
as Prince de Namours de la Bonfain
Joseph Cawthorn
as Herr Schuman
Walter Kingsford
as Don Carlos de Braganza
Greta Meyer
as Frau Schuman
Akim Tamiroff
as Rudolpho, Puppet Master
Harold Huber
as Abraham "Abe"
Edward S. Brophy
as Ezekiel Cramer "Zeke"
Mary Doran
as Casquette Girl
Jane Mercer
as Casquette Girl
Olive Carey
as Mme. Renavant
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 Keeper
Dr. Edouard Lippe
as Innkeeper
Catherine Griffith
as Prunella, Marie's Maid
Billy Dooley
as Marietta's Drunk "Brother"
Guy Usher
as Ship's Captain
Walter Long
as Pirate Captain
Harry Cording
as Pirate
Mary Foy
as Duenna
Louis Mercier
as Dueler
Bob McKenzie
as Town Crier
Delos Jewkes
as Priest on Dock
Peter Potter
as Suitor
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 19, 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 24, 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.

January 25, 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… | December 31, 1999
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

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


The first pairing of Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy is not their best, but the fine supporting cast (including Frank Morgan & Elsa Lanchester) and some lovely tunes ("Italian Street Song," "Tramp Tramp Tramp" and "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life") make it memorable.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

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

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Jeanette MacDonald period piece set around 1800, first in France then New Orleans. Jeanette plays Marie...., French royalty, who flees France to avoid marrying a certain gentlemen, well a fop really. When the ship she is on is captured by pirates it is Captain Warrington, Nelson Eddy, who rescues her. Once in New Orleans she does not tell anyone who she is and while there she falls for Captain Warrington, who does not know who she is, but suspects she is not as naughty as she claims. Her family finds out where she is, they come to N.O. with her betrothed. But her heart is for Capt. Warrington which they express in song. Comedy relief is provided by The Wizard (Frank Morgan), who plays a bumbling magistrate. With most MacDonald films you will either like or dislike them depending on if you like the songs and her voice which are displayed many times.

Mike L
Mike L

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