A young girl falls in love with a young conductor in Vienna, and they marry. Their marriage, however, is threatened by a wealthy man who sets his sights on the wife.

Director:

Writers:

(play) (as Noel Coward), (additional dialogue)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tomboyish outcast "Cinder" Ella and the duke's charming son Charles fall in love in this comedic rendition of the classic fairy tale.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Leslie Caron, Michael Wilding, Keenan Wynn
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This "story of a ship," the British destroyer HMS Torrin, is told in flash backs by survivors as they cling to a life raft.

Directors: Noël Coward, David Lean
Stars: Noël Coward, John Mills, Bernard Miles
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy angle when a naive young couple comes along.

Director: Joe May
Stars: Gloria Swanson, John Boles, Douglass Montgomery
Nell Gwyn (1934)
History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox
Stars: Anna Neagle, Cedric Hardwicke, Jeanne De Casalis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A model inherits a great deal of money and pretends to be a movie star.

Director: Monty Banks
Stars: Constance Cummings, Frank Lawton, Binnie Barnes
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Happy-go-lucky soldier Guy De Vere must leave India and return to the family seat at Little Twittering, for he has inherited the family title. Sir Guy finds all his relatives to be frozen ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Raymond
Stars: Jack Buchanan, Fay Wray, Garry Marsh
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Anna Neagle is a World War II W.R.E.N., the counterpart of the American W.A.V.E., who encounters Michael Wilding in a blacked-out Piccadilly during an air raid. They get married and have a ... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox
Stars: Anna Neagle, Michael Wilding, Frances Mercer
Torch Song (1953)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Jenny Stewart is a tough Broadway musical star who doesn't take criticism from anyone. Yet there is one individual, Tye Graham, a blind pianist who may be able to break through her tough ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding, Gig Young
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Herbert Wilcox
Stars: Michael Wilding, Odile Versois, Jack Hulbert
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Money isn't everything. Tycoon races against time to cross the English Channel in order to save a business deal, but along the way his whole value system is thrown into turmoil.

Director: Milton Rosmer
Stars: Matheson Lang, Constance Cummings, Anthony Bushell
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Alex Bryce, Campbell Gullan
Stars: Fay Compton, Patric Knowles, Barbara Greene
Late Extra (1935)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A newspaper reporter sets out to track down a cop killer.

Director: Albert Parker
Stars: James Mason, Virginia Cherrill, Alastair Sim
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
...
Captain Auguste Lutte
Clifford Heatherley ...
Herr Schlick
...
Hugh Devon
Ivy St. Helier ...
Manon la Crevette
Gibb McLaughlin ...
The Footman
Stuart Robertson ...
...
Vincent
...
Dolly
Patrick Ludlow ...
Henry
...
Gussi
Miles Malleson ...
The Butler
Norma Whalley ...
Mrs. Millick
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Rietti
Edit

Storyline

A young girl falls in love with a young conductor in Vienna, and they marry. Their marriage, however, is threatened by a wealthy man who sets his sights on the wife.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 August 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doce Amargura  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Remade as Bitter Sweet (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll See You Again
Music and Lyrics by Noël Coward
Sung by Anna Neagle
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Early movie of Coward play is too hammy and listless
27 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1933 British movie is among the first of the Noel Coward plays to be put on film. "Bitter Sweet" is a drama tragedy set around music and romance. Coward wrote it originally as an operetta. The lead actress, Anna Neagle sings just twice in the film. She plays Sarah Millick , aka, Sari Linden. More music is provided with an orchestra and the singing of Ivy St. Helier, who is very good as a French-Austrian cabaret singer.

Fernand Gravey plays Carl Linden. Miles Mander is particularly effective as the dastardly Captain Lutte. And, Clifford Heatherley is very good as the restaurateur, Herr Schlick.

Aside from the musical numbers, and one or two exceptions, the acting is just so-so. This film is in the first years of the talkies, and it still has some of the dramatic style of the silent screen. Neagle, in particular, has several posed pauses with overly dramatic facial close-ups. Mander also has a couple of those. Such film techniques were part of the silent film milieu in order to get messages across. But, once sound came it, most studios were quick to get away from this acting and filming technique. With sound, it comes across as very hammy.

The plot also seems to drag on a bit too long, with little new or interesting happening. The remedy would have been more musical numbers – at least a couple more songs by Neagle. But, as it is, even with what seems like an elaborate setting in the Schlick café during much of the last half of the film, this movie closely resembles a daytime soap opera. I haven't yet seen the 1940 version with Claudette Colbert and Nelson Eddy.

Devoted fans of Noel Coward and Anna Neagle may enjoy this film somewhat. Still, I enjoy Coward and Neagle but found it hard to stay interested in this film.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?