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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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(play) (as János Vaszary) , (musical adaptation for play), 2 more credits »
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Anna / Brigitta
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Count Palaffi
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Peter
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Peggy
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Baron Szigethy
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Marika
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Sufi
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Iren
Leonid Kinskey ...
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Polly
Marion Rosamond ...
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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:

Me casé con un ángel  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

Originally planned as a vehicle for Jeanette MacDonald 10 years earlier, but the somewhat racy content put the musical on hold at MGM, until it was a hit on Broadway in 1938. See more »

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Spoofed in Date with an Angel (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Tira Lira La
(1942)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Sung by Mona Maris, Janis Carter, Inez Cooper, Anne Jeffreys,
Marion Rosamond and the Burgren Sisters' Quartet at the party
Reprised by the women at the wedding reception
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Delightful Rodgers and Hart outing
26 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although only five songs are retained from the original Broadway production, they are wonderful and wonderfully performed by the entire cast. They are: I Married An Angel, Spring Is Here, I'll Tell The Man In The Street, A Twinkle In Your Eye, and La La Tira Lira La.

The social satire and sarcasm of the script still goes over a lot of critics' heads, but I think it's a fun movie and the only one we have with MacDonald and Eddy that is not an operetta. They are both delightful in their last outing together.

The production values are stunning. I believe it deserved, but did not receive, Oscar nominations in the categories of Art Direction, Scoring, and Costume Design. Especially in the latter area with costumes contributed by Broadway's Motley. The costumes for the ball early on are amazing in and of themselves, but the women's stylish outfits throughout the film are equally marvelous. Granted there was no Costume Design category at the Oscars in 1942, but still…

I kept thinking I was seeing Celeste Holm as one of Willie's girl friends, but realize now it was Anne Jeffreys in an early role. They do look amazingly alike in the cheekbones.

I recommend this as a sprightly, fun and clever take on the deceit required to make it in fashionable society.


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