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Sweet Adeline (1935)

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The 1929 Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein Broadway musical Sweet Adeline has generally been credited as the vanguard for the "Gay 90s" nostalgia fad of the early 1930s. By the time the film was adapted to the screen in 1935, that fad had pretty much played itself out, making the property seem more old-fashioned than ever. Irene Dunne takes over from Broadway's Helen Morgan as beer-hall entertainer Adeline Schmidt, whose romance with songwriter Sid Barnett (Donald Woods) undergoes an inordinate number of setbacks in the course of the film's 85 minutes. Much of the play's libretto has been scrapped in favor of an espionage angle, as Adeline tries to avoid assassination at the hands of a Spanish spy named Elysia (Wini Shaw). Contemporary critics carped that Irene Dunne was unable to match Helen Morgan's delivery of such torch songs as "Why Was I Born"; this is true enough, but Warner Bros. deserves credit for endeavoring to cast Dunne against type.

Cast

Irene Dunne
as Adeline 'Addie' Schmidt
Donald Woods
as Sid Barnett
Hugh Herbert
as Rupert Rockingham
Ned Sparks
as Dan Herzig
Joseph Cawthorn
as Oscar Schmidt
Louis Calhern
as Maj. Jim Day
Nydia Westman
as Nellie Schmidt
Phil Regan
as Singer
Don Alvarado
as Renaldo
Martin Garralaga
as Dark Young Man
Emmett Vogan
as Captain
Nick Copeland
as Prop Man
Ferdinand Munier
as Gen. Hawks
Milt Kibbee
as Stagehand
Johnny Eppelite
as Young Jolson
Milton Kibbee
as Stagehand
Howard Mitchell
as Bartender
David Newell
as Young Man
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