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Bitter Sweet (1940)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 8 November 1940 (USA)
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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(as W.S. Van Dyke II)

Writers:

(original play) (as Noel Coward), (screen play)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »
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Cast

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Baron von Tranisch
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Lord Shayne
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Max
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Harry Daventry
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Dolly
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Jane
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Mrs. Millick
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Herr Schlick (as Sig Rumann)
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Lady Daventry
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Herr Wyler
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Manon
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Market Keeper
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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, 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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A musical triumph! See more »

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

8 November 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bittersweet  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on a sewing sampler. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Arena: The Orson Welles Story (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss Me
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Noël Coward
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald
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Yet another Jeanette and Nelson bonbon!
18 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Saw this film recently on a Turner Classic Movies TV broadcast and was dazzled once again by an incredibly deluxe production number in which the color palette was limited to aquas, subtle shades of pinks and rose, dazzling whites and ivories and that's about it. It's a song, mounted as part of an operetta, "Ziguener" ("The Gypsy"), in which Jeanette MacDonald is pursued over an enormous, multi-level stage by a flotilla of violin-playing, elaborately costumed musicians as she trills her heart out. It's Hollywood extravagance at its most eye-filling, and the gorgeous Technicolor justifies the Oscar nominations for art direction and color cinematography which this film received. M-G-M gave its "Singing Sweethearts," Jeanette and Nelson Eddy, a lovely vehicle with this one and its like will probably never grace a first-run screen ever again. Thank goodness that TCM occasionally exhumes this one from its vault to delight us every once in a while.


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