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The Lottery Bride (1930)

TV-PG | | Musical, Romance | 28 November 1930 (USA)
Sundered lovers meet again amid tragic irony at a mining camp in northern Norway.

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Jenny (as Jeanette Mac Donald)
John Garrick ...
Chris
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Hoke
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Hilda
Robert Chisholm ...
Olaf
Joseph Macaulay ...
Alberto
Harry Gribbon ...
Boris
Carroll Nye ...
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In Oslo, Norway, Jenny (who loves stalwart Chris) enters a dance marathon to help her embezzler brother out of a jam; her actions cause misunderstanding and Chris flees to a far northern mining camp. In despair, Jenny signs up as a "picture bride" who by tragic irony is promised to Chris's brother Olaf...at that same mining camp. Then Chris's rival Alberto arrives on a polar dirigible expedition. Which brother will join his voyage, perhaps to doom? Very stylized. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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All things that spell ENTERTAINMENT for you are crammed into this spectacular dramatic romance!

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28 November 1930 (USA)  »

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A Noiva 66  »

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| (re-release) (edited)

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| (Technicolor) (finale)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Only the edited 1937 re-release, running 67 minutes, with the original 2-strip Technicolor finale in black and white, was available for many years. But a complete print, running 79 minutes and including the Technicolor finale, survives at the George Eastman House. In 2011, it was run on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

Quotes

Chris: Women have a way of spoiling happiness.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jeanette MacDonald (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

DRINKING SONG
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by J. Keirn Brennan
Sung by chorus
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Dull melodramatic operetta set in frigid Norway
31 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The other reviewers have said it all. A stupid story, an insipid Jeannette, whose later feistiness is nowhere to be seen, and a mediocre Friml song score - I won't belabor the plot, all of which would not exist if anyone actually talked to anyone else instead of walking around assuming all the time.

The acting is melodramatic silent style with only Jeannette restrained. Garrick reminds one facially of Dirk Bogarde and the only acting he's called on to do is smile at the beginning and be angry for the rest.

The restored TCM print I saw with all songs and two-strip Technicolor ending runs 77 minutes, 32 seconds, so the original timing is off by 2.5 minutes.

SONGS:

Drinking Song; Yubla; My Northern Light; My Northern Light - reprise; Round and Round; Brother Love ;High and Low ;Song of Napoli ;Strong Men; You're An Angel; You're An Angel - reprise; High and Low - reprise; I'll Follow The Trail

Jeannette has only two songs, Yubla (a solo) and My Northern Light (in duet with Garrick) and these appear in the first 12 minutes of the film. After that she sings not a note.

A big surprise is a very young and very handsome Carroll Nye (who turns in a ridiculously melodramatic performance as the thieving brother) - unrecognizable from his nervous nelly, bewhiskered Frank Kennedy, Scarlett's second husband in GWTW nine years later.

The Techncolor insert serves for a "vision of madness" superimposed on the sky - a church procession with a close up of MacDonald superimposed over it. Other than that it's just a wasteland of ice with the arrival of a rescue ship - all browns, reds and greens. It only lasts 3 minutes and 37 seconds - one wonders why they bothered at all.

All in all, it's dull, insipid and silly - rather a waste of time. For fans of MacDonald and Friml only.


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