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I Married an Angel (1942)

Passed  -  Fantasy | Musical | Romance  -  9 July 1942 (USA)
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Anna Zador is a secretary who's been working for 6 years at Count Willie Palaffi's bank. Every day, she rides to work on her bike and places flowers on Willie's desk, but Willie (the ... See full summary »

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

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Anna / Brigitta
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Count Palaffi
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Peter
Binnie Barnes ...
Peggy
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'Whiskers'
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Baron Szigethy
Mona Maris ...
Marika
Janis Carter ...
Sufi
Inez Cooper ...
Iren
Leonid Kinskey ...
Zinski
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Polly
Marion Rosamond ...
Dolly
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Anna Zador is a secretary who's been working for 6 years at Count Willie Palaffi's bank. Every day, she rides to work on her bike and places flowers on Willie's desk, but Willie (the Budapest playboy) doesn't know that she exists. "Whiskers", noticing Anna to be a sweet and beautiful woman, believes she would be the perfect wife for Willie. He insists that Marika (Willie's personal secretary) invite Anna to Willie's costume birthday party - she does so reluctantly for she wants to marry Willie. Marika, knowing Anna is low on cash, offers to help her get a costume. At the party, everyone is dressed elegantly, while Anna is in a simple Angel's outfit. Willie, feeling sorry for her, asks her to dance, but when he sees the guests laughing at them, he makes an excuse and goes upstairs. Upstairs, Willie falls asleep and dreams that an Angel named Brigitta comes to earth to marry him. On their wedding night, Brigitta loses her wings to Willie's delight. He is less delighted when her ... Written by Kelly

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America's Favorite Sweethearts in their final pairing!


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9 July 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Casei com um Anjo  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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According to an article in the old "Silver Screen" magazine there were several sets of wings made for this picture. One set, the ones Jeanette MacDonald wore when she first appeared as an angel were articulated so that they would fold. They cost the, then, astronomical price of $15,000 (about $100,000 in today's dollars). The others were simpler and cost about $4000 apiece. Jeanette complained about them saying that they were heavy and very uncomfortable to wear. See more »

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Music by Fritz Kreisler
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A Very interesting Failure
11 September 2007 | by (France) – See all my reviews

One used to say, concerning Nathaniel Hawthorne, that his failures were more interesting than his successes. I believe that the same remark could suit to McDonald-Eddy's pictures. And especially this one.

It apparently possesses many characteristics of a failed movie: it's kitsch, the script, because of censorship, sounds inconsistent… Yet, this movie gets also some good points: good Rodgers-Hart's music ("I married an angel", "Tira tira tira la"), good acting with E.E.Horton and Reginald Owen.

Anyway, if you may dislike it, you can't forget it. This strange movie actually leaves a very strong, dreamlike, impression, and you are very likely to keep it in mind for days, maybe for weeks. Why? In the thirties and the beginning of the forties, movies didn't have the same mean than today: it aimed, like a dream, to divert the public in order to make it forget a difficult reality. Of all the the dream-movies that was made, in that time, this one stands as particularly powerful.

In short, let's say that the better way to appreciate this movie, is to watch it without wondering whether it's good or bad. To watch it, like you would watch a dream.


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