Up 4,273 this week

Sweethearts (1938)

Passed  -  Musical  -  30 December 1938 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 390 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 3 critic

A musical comedy duo in their 6th year on Broadway receive an offer to perform in Hollywood making films. The change of lifestyle is inviting to the Sweethearts as the move will take them ... See full summary »


(as W.S. Van Dyke II) , (uncredited)


(book), (book), 5 more credits »
0Check in

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2000 titles
created 21 Feb 2012
a list of 8494 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
a list of 142 titles
created 9 months ago
a list of 116 titles
created 4 months ago
a list of 116 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Sweethearts" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Sweethearts (1938)

Sweethearts (1938) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sweethearts.
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Mary Robbins is a moderately educated, beautiful, young woman who owns the saloon called "The Poker". She is the only woman in the town of Couldee-making her the fancy of all the men there,... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Walter Pidgeon
Certificate: Passed Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauß II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. ... See full summary »

Directors: Julien Duvivier, Victor Fleming, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Luise Rainer, Fernand Gravey, Miliza Korjus
The Firefly (1937)
Certificate: Passed History | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Nina Maria Azara is the beautiful and alluring singing spy for Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Her mission is to seduce French Officers, in order for them to reveal Napolean's intentions ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Allan Jones, Warren William
Musical | War | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

John Carteret has long been depressed and lonely, because, at his wedding years ago, his bride, Moonyean, was murdered. He accepts into his house Kathleen, the 5 year old orphaned niece of ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond
Certificate: Passed Musical | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The small kingdom of Marshovia has a little problem. The main tax-payer, the wealthy widow Sonia (who pays 52 0f the taxes) has left for Paris So Count Danilo is sent to Paris, to stop her ... See full summary »

Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Stars: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Edward Everett Horton
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three sisters scheme to reunite their divorced parents before their wealthy father marries a conniving gold digger.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Binnie Barnes, Charles Winninger, Alice Brady
The Fireball (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Johnny runs away from Father O'Hara's orphanage and becomes a roller skating star with the help of Mary Reeves. He becomes involved with women, including Polly, who only love him because he... See full summary »

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Pat O'Brien, Beverly Tyler
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The blueblooded Van Kletterings are broke; debutante Wendy, slated to remedy this by marrying rich bore Henry Morgan, instead leaves him at the altar and goes to work as a model for ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Warner Baxter, Joan Bennett, Helen Vinson
Biography | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

This biography follows the ups and downs of Florenz Ziegfeld, famed producer of extravagant stage revues.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Luise Rainer
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Effective psychological love story with a macabre twist not found in the original Joy Cowley novel. The dreary existence of middle- aged spinster Maura Prince takes an unexpected turn with ... See full summary »

Director: Alastair Reid
Stars: Patricia Neal, Pamela Brown, Nicholas Clay
Certificate: Passed Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The neglected wife of a high profile attorney dallies with a unscrupulous womanizer and finds herself involved in blackmail and murder.

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Una Merkel
Biography | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Biopic of Australian swimming champ and entertainer Annette Kellerman. After overcoming polio, Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Esther Williams, Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon


Cast overview, first billed only:
Florence Rice ...
Herman Bing ...
George Barbier ...
Reginald Gardiner ...
Fay Holden ...
Allyn Joslyn ...
Lucile Watson ...
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Berton Churchill ...


A musical comedy duo in their 6th year on Broadway receive an offer to perform in Hollywood making films. The change of lifestyle is inviting to the Sweethearts as the move will take them away from relatives and friends who want to engage them in countless performances. However, when it comes to signing their Hollywood contract they do not sign as Gwen has been perceived into believing her seetheart and husband is engaged in an affair with their personal assistant. The Sweethearts split up and carry on performing their musical production around America with their understudies as their co-stars. Eventually they are united in a Broadway Show. Written by Jenny Evans <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Exquisite music . . . sparkling romance for the King and Queen of song ! See more »




Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

30 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enamorados  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


One of the Times Square marquees is advertising Idiot's Delight (1939) starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne which MGM had just purchased the film rights for. See more »

Crazy Credits

A written epilogue explains: "In our screen play, certain dramatic liberties have been taken with the operetta 'SWEETHEARTS'. We depict the scenes from the operetta as though it was a recent production presented by a wholly fictitious producer Felix Lehman and composed and written by two wholly imaginary persons Oscar Engel and Leo Kronk whereas the stage operetta 'SWEETHEARTS' was actually written and produced on the stage about 1913, Victor Herbert composing the music and Fred De Gresac (as Fred de Gresac), Robert B. Smith and Harry B. Smith writing the book and lyrics." See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Jeanette MacDonald (1962) See more »


Tea for Two
(1925) (uncredited)
Music by Vincent Youmans
Briefly in the score during Gwen's shopping spree
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"All others end the way we start, forever we'll be Sweethearts."
17 March 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Sweethearts is the first of two of the Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy films to be done in technicolor, the second at last being Bittersweet. It is also the first MGM film done in modern technicolor, though in Jeanette's The Cat and the Fiddle, the last 10 minutes were in color. And it is the only one of their films besides Bittersweet where they start off as man and wife.

The original operetta by Victor Herbert was done in 1913 and it was in fact a story set in Holland as the numbers do show. But this film is like the later one Nelson did with Rise Stevens, The Chocolate Soldier, in that he and Stevens are husband and wife appearing in The Chocolate Soldier while the plot of that is taken from Ferenc Molnar's The Guardsman.

Sweethearts has an original script by Dorothy Parker and it involves two happily married singing co-stars of a long running operetta, named Sweethearts. They've been appearing on Broadway for seven years in the same show.

In fact a whole cottage industry has grown up around Sweethearts. Producer Frank Morgan, songwriter Herman Bing, librettist Mischa Auer have had it real good for seven years. They've been quite content to live off the box office of Sweethearts as long as MacDonald and Eddy keep appearing. Also the extended families of both Eddy and MacDonald live off of them as well.

When Reginald Gardiner woos them on behalf of Hollywood producer George Barbier, panic ensues among the ranks of the cottage industry. These people might actually have to go to work.

Knowing Dorothy Parker wrote 50% of the script, you can imagine it is a witty one. Jeanette and Nelson are in good voice and the musical calls for a large number of duets. They sing the title song, For Every Lover Meets His Fate, and an interpolated non Victor Herbert song, Our Little Grey Home in the West in anticipation of their California excursion. In addition Jeanette sings A Summer Serenade which was originally an instrumental Victor Herbert composition entitled Badinage. Robert Wright and Chet Forrest gave it some lyrics for the film. Nelson has a good typical Nelson marching song in On Parade.

After appearing with Nelson Eddy in Rosalie as a sidekick Ray Bolger didn't have as many scenes, but got to show his dancing talent a lot more in the Wooden Shoes number. Jeanette personally interceded with Louis B. Mayer and got Douglas MacPhail and Betty Jaynes cast as their understudies.

MacPhail and Jaynes married later on, but divorced after MacPhail's career took a nosedive in the early Forties. He was a good singer who you might remember appeared with Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in Babes in Arms and later introduced the Cole Porter classic, I Concentrate on You in Broadway Melody of 1940. Tragically he took his own life after the divorce for God only knows what reasons.

For Jeanette and Nelson fans and for those who like to see Ray Bolger in something else besides The Wizard of Oz, Sweethearts in highly recommended.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
is this film a remake? Spheer2002
Is Toby Wing in this? jbacks3
Mac + Eddy DVD Petition StratasFan
Discuss Sweethearts (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page