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
One of MGM mogul Irving Thalberg's personal projects, this originally began filming in Technicolor, with Paul Lukas as Nikolai Nazaroff and Frank Morgan as August Archipenko. When Thalberg died, production was halted. When it was able to resume, black and white was selected as a more economical format. Lukas and Morgan were no longer available, so John Barrymore and Herman Bing took over their roles. 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 »
"Maytime," starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, is perhaps the most beautiful operetta ever made. Featuring very strong performances by all of the cast, including John Barrymore in one of his last good roles, this movie's appeal is vast.
Jeanette plays an elderly woman, who was once the most famous opera singer in the world, but now lives in lonely seclusion. She tells her story to a younger woman in the hopes that is will help her decide between a career and love. I am loathe to reveal any more of the plot than that. I can only say that it is touching indeed.
This film also includes many wonderful songs, including the immortal "Sweetheart." Lavishly costumed and photographed, this film is a treat for the eyes, the ears and the heart.
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