An elderly Miss Morrison recounts her life as the once young and beautiful opera singer Marcia Morney-then the toast of Napoleon III's Paris. One evening, she encounters an American voice ... See full summary »
An elderly Miss Morrison recounts her life as the once young and beautiful opera singer Marcia Morney-then the toast of Napoleon III's Paris. One evening, she encounters an American voice student, Paul Allison, and the two unexpectedly fall in love. Unfortunately for her, she has already accepted the marriage proposal of her mentor, Nicolai Nazaroff-more out of obligation than any feeling of love for him. As a result, she breaks off her relationship with Paul, and reluctantly marries Nicolai. After 7 years of marriage, Nicolai sets up Marcia for an engagement performance in the United States of the opera "Tsaritsa". Nicolai signs up Paul as her leading partner, not knowing of Marcia and Paul's past. When he realizes what he has done, Nicolai becomes enraged with jealousy... Written by
The original operetta opened on Broadway in New York on 16 August 1917. It was so popular a second production was added to run simultaneously. See more »
During the ball scene, Marcia Mornay sings Les filles de Cadiz by Delibes at the command of the Emperor Louis Napoleon. However, the piece was not composed until 1874, whereas Louis reigned from 1852-1870. See more »
Springtime in Paris. A beautiful young opera singer, trained under the jealous eye of a maestro much older than she, meets a handsome, lively voice student. Their spontaneous romance, sweetly brief & ultimately tragic, will be remembered with much tenderness every MAYTIME.
This was Jeanette Mac Donald & Nelson Eddy's third film together and it is one of the most beautifully sentimental movies of the 1930's. Enormous care was taken by MGM, right from the opening titles, to make this film special. The sets & costumes are splendid - notice the detail lavished on the two May Day scenes. The music, which carries the passions of the plot along, is never boring.
MacDonald & Eddy once again make an exciting couple and they are in very fine voice, indeed. John Barrymore effectively underplays his role, adding quiet despair to the maestro's descent into madness. Rafaela Ottiano, as Jeanette's maid, & Herman Bing, as Nelson's tutor, lend good support. Look for Billy Gilbert & Harry Davenport in small uncredited roles.
The final opera sequence is based on themes from Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony and was written especially for this film.
This is a movie you'll remember every Springtime...Love Time...May.
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