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Bitter Sweet (1940)

Passed  -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  8 November 1940 (USA)
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In order to avoid an arranged marriage with a man she doesn't love, Sarah Millick runs off to Vienna with her music teacher, Carl Linden, whom she does love. They are married. In Vienna, ... See full summary »

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Ian Hunter ...
Felix Bressart ...
Max
Edward Ashley ...
Harry Daventry
Lynne Carver ...
Dolly
Diana Lewis ...
Jane
Curt Bois ...
Ernst
Fay Holden ...
Mrs. Millick
Sig Ruman ...
Herr Schlick (as Sig Rumann)
Janet Beecher ...
Lady Daventry
Charles Judels ...
Herr Wyler
Veda Ann Borg ...
Manon
Herman Bing ...
Market Keeper
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Storyline

In order to avoid an arranged marriage with a man she doesn't love, Sarah Millick runs off to Vienna with her music teacher, Carl Linden, whom she does love. They are married. In Vienna, they struggle to make a living by making music. Carl writes an operetta and tries to get it produced. They are helped along by Viennese Baron, but his intentions are not honorable. He kills Carl in a sword fight. A big producer does put on the operetta, with Sari in the lead -- but without her husband, it is a bittersweet victory. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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8 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bitterzoet  »

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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

Except for a few shots where she was doubled by Audrey Scott, Jeanette MacDonald did most of her own horseback riding. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: [over a very sparse dinner] Oh well, maybe it's all for the best. I hear more people die from overeating than from any other cause.
Carl Linden: I bet we'll be immortal, then. I hate Herr Weiller.
Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: I hate the market keeper.
Carl Linden: I hate the landlord.
Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: That's not fair, *I* was going to hate the landlord. *You* hate Herr Weiller again.
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Connections

Featured in The Miracle of Sound (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Ladies Of The Town
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Noel Coward and Gus Kahn
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald and 2 uncredited female singers
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Jeanette and Eddy, those sweethearts again
12 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

An obvious attempt to rework the studio hit Maytime and to an extent it works. The plot though slight, is not common as it actually tries to follow the trials and tribulations of a starving artistic couple, at least for the first hour. A few classic songs with those famous operatic voices is unleashed occasionally and the comedy is obvious but prudent. George Sanders as the heavy is very good and if not for his voice is almost unrecognizable. This movie contains a grand musical finale with technicolor used to its palest, so to speak with dancers following and trailing Jeanette as she dashes around the stage. Not great, not serious, not intelligent but pleasing, fun and touching.


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