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Sweethearts (1938)

Passed | | Musical | 30 December 1938 (USA)
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 »

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

Writers:

(book) (as Fred de Gresac), (book) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »
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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 <J.Evans@uts.edu.au>

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30 December 1938 (USA)  »

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Enamorados  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 7 November 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia 17 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it was not aired in New York City until 20 December 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), and San Francisco television viewers did not get a look at it until 14 April 1962 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later. 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 »


Soundtracks

The Sidewalks of New York
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor
Played Briefly in the score
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Lovely film
15 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Having heard the song Sweethearts performed by Beverly Sills and Sherrill Milnes I was very interested in seeing this film. And while it does have its problems, I enjoyed it. The story is creaky and Douglas MacPail and Betty Jaynes are rather uncharismatic, however the choreography is nice and sprightly, the production values are absolutely beautiful with lovely costumes and sets and the photography is very good and the music is gorgeous, I just can't get enough of the song Sweethearts. The script has spark and wit, the direction is assured, and the choreography, performances and music ensure there is seldom a dull moment. Ray Bolger while perhaps underused is fun, but the real plaudits go to the leads Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy who are wonderful individually and together. Overall, a lovely film. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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