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I Married an Angel -- With a lilting "Tira Lira La," a bevy of Budapest beauties show up for the birthday celebration of the town's most eligible bachelor, Count Palaffi (Nelson Eddy).


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9 July 1942 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeanette MacDonald ... Anna / Brigitta

Nelson Eddy ... Count Palaffi

Edward Everett Horton ... Peter

Binnie Barnes ... Peggy

Reginald Owen ... 'Whiskers'

Douglass Dumbrille ... Baron Szigethy

Mona Maris ... Marika

Janis Carter ... Sufi

Inez Cooper ... Iren

Leonid Kinskey ... Zinski

Anne Jeffreys ... Polly
Marion Rosamond ... Dolly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Adler ... Knight #1 (uncredited)
Luis Alberni ... Jean Frederique (uncredited)
Maude Allen ... Gossiper #3 at Reception (uncredited)

Sig Arno ... Waiter with Champagne (uncredited)
Evelyn Atchinson ... Marie Antoinette (uncredited)

Florence Auer ... Mrs. Roquefort (uncredited)
Clarence Badger Jr. ... ('Paris Honeymoon' sequence) (uncredited)
Charles Bancroft ... Chimney Sweep (uncredited)
Muriel Barr ... Mermaid (uncredited)
Guy Bellis ... Servant (uncredited)
Anthony Blair ... Board Member (uncredited)

Oliver Blake ... Mr. Adolph Gherkin (uncredited)
Nanette Bordeaux ... 1st Maid (uncredited)

Veda Ann Borg ... Ilona Prohaska (uncredited)
Charles Brabin ... Mr. Herbert Fairmind (uncredited)
Robert Bradford ... ('Paris Honeymoon' sequence) (uncredited)
Marjorie Briggs ... ('Paris Honeymoon' sequence) (uncredited)
Patti Brill ... (uncredited)
Tyler Brooke ... Lucien (uncredited)
Burgren Sisters' Quartet ... ('Surprise at Party' sequence) (uncredited)

Leonard Carey ... Servant (uncredited)
Frances Carson ... Woman (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
James B. Carson ... Waiter (uncredited)

Micheline Cheirel ... Annette (uncredited)
Dorothy Compton ... ('Paris Honeymoon' sequence) (uncredited)
Edwina Coolidge ... Queen Elizabeth (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Hotel Valet (uncredited)

Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Fairmind (uncredited)
Sidney D'Albrook ... Porter (uncredited)

Esther Dale ... Mrs. Gherkin (uncredited)
Jacqueline Dalya ... Olga (uncredited)
Elinor Davenport ... ('Surprise at Party' sequence) (uncredited)
George Davis ... Pushcart Vendor (uncredited)

Doris Day ... Woman (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Eva Dennison ... Gossiper #1 at Reception (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ... Board Member (uncredited)
Vivian DuBois ... Knight #3 (uncredited)
Arthur Dulac ... French News Vendor (uncredited)

Maude Eburne ... Juli (uncredited)
Lillian Eggers ... Willie's Evening Lady (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Oscar Scallion (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
George Ford ... Neptune (uncredited)
Joel Friedkin ... Board Member (uncredited)
Guy Gabriel ... Infanta (uncredited)
Vaughan Glaser ... Fr. Andreas (uncredited)
Muriel Goodspeed ... (uncredited)
Robert Greig ... Oscar (uncredited)
Austin Grout ... ('Paris Honeymoon' sequence) (uncredited)

Dolly Haas ... Infanta (uncredited)
Aileen Haley ... Infanta (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Winifred Harris ... Gossiper #2 at Wedding Reception (uncredited)
Joe Hartman ... Marc Anthony (uncredited)

Grace Hayle ... Mrs. Gabby (uncredited)
Betty Hayward ... Knight #4 (uncredited)
Gertrude Hoffman ... Lady Gimcrack (uncredited)

Otto Hoffman ... Mr. Flit (uncredited)
Harry Horwitz ... French News Vendor (uncredited)

Carol Hughes ... Nellie Bellas (uncredited)
George Humbert ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Charles Judels ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Suzanne Kaaren ... Simone (uncredited)
Maxine Leslie ... Willie's Evening Lady (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Hotel Porter (uncredited)
Jack 'Tiny' Lipson ... Mr. Roquefort (uncredited)
Max Lucke ... Man (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
John Marlowe ... Louis XIV (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
James H. McNamara ... Board Member (uncredited)
Margaret Moffat ... Mother Zador (uncredited)
Margot Morgan ... ('Paris Honeymoon' sequence) (uncredited)
Sally Mueller ... ('Paris Honeymoon' sequence) (uncredited)
Ferdinand Munier ... Rich Man (uncredited)
Odette Myrtil ... The Modiste (uncredited)
Leda Nicova ... Knight #2 (uncredited)
Betty Noyes ... ('Paris Honeymoon' sequence) (uncredited)

Rafaela Ottiano ... Madelon (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... Mr. Dodder (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Scottish Highlander (uncredited)
Gene Ramey ... ('Paris Honeymoon' sequence) (uncredited)
Pamela Randall ... ('Surprise at Party' sequence) (uncredited)
Virginia Rees ... ('Surprise at Party' sequence) (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Driver (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ... Pierre Durant (uncredited)

Bert Roach ... Board Member (uncredited)
Ernest Roberts ... (uncredited)
Betty Rome ... ('Surprise at Party' sequence) (uncredited)
Sam Savitsky ... Doorman (uncredited)
Almira Sessions ... Mrs. Scallion (uncredited)

Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Mrs. Kipper (uncredited)
Mildred Shay ... 2nd Maid (uncredited)
Walter Soderling ... Mr. Kipper (uncredited)
Marshall Sohl ... Singer ('End of Dream' sequence) (uncredited)
Robert Spencer ... Peacock (uncredited)
Georgia Stark ... ('Paris Honeymoon' sequence) (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... Berti (uncredited)

Ludwig Stössel ... Bela (uncredited)
Lisl Valetti ... 3rd Maid (uncredited)
Jacques Vanaire ... Max (uncredited)

Roland Varno ... Man (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Jack Vlaskin ... Milk Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Frederick Vogeding ... Customs Officer (uncredited)

Beryl Wallace ... Fifi (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... Assistant Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Marek Windheim ... Marcel (uncredited)

Harry Worth ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
W.S. Van Dyke  (as Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II)
Roy Del Ruth (uncredited)
Writing credits
Johann von Vásáry (play "Angyalt Vettem Felesegul") (as János Vaszary)

Richard Rodgers (musical adaptation for play) and
Lorenz Hart (musical adaptation for play)

Anita Loos (screenplay)

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Cinematography by
Ray June (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Conrad A. Nervig 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Sophie Devine  (as Motley)
Robert Kalloch  (as Kalloch)
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair style designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John S. Detlie .... associate art director
Sophie Devine .... associate art director (as Motley)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Bill Edmondson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects (as Arnold Gillespie)
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Harold J. Marzorati .... photographer (uncredited)
Leonard Smith .... photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Thora Mathiason .... vocal stand-in: Jeanette MacDonald (uncredited)
Other crew
Ernst Matray .... dance director (as Ernest Matray)
Dwight Wiman .... producer: stage play (as Dwight Deere Wiman)
Felix Bernstein .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Jeni Le Gon .... dance coach: "A Twinkle In Your Eye" boogie woogie dance (uncredited)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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84 min | USA:90 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #8401)

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Because the Hays Code had taken effect in the years since this project was first suggested to MGM, the show's "racy" content (the idea of an angel having sex with a mortal) had to be considerably toned down for the film.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Nelson and Jeanette's last film together, 20 March 2010
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Based on the Broadway musical, "I Married an Angel" is a fantasy that takes place in Budapest. Released in 1942, it proved to be the last film for Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, as Eddy bought out his contract and left MGM.

The story concerns a secretary, Anna (again MacDonald) who is in love with the her playboy banker boss, Count Pilaffi (Eddy), and has been invited to his birthday party. Because it's a costume party, a jealous girlfriend of the Count's (Mona Maris) makes sure that Anna is in a cheap makeshift angel costume, complete with aluminum wings, one of which falls off, and a halo that hits the Count in the face when he tries to dance with her. After being hit one too many times, the Count excuses himself and goes upstairs, where he falls asleep.

He dreams that an angel, Brigitta (MacDonald again) comes down from heaven to be his wife. She seems perfect, except that she's not used to the ways of the world - polite social talk, for instance - so she tells it like it is, thereby insulting a lot of important people. She gets some lessons from an earthy earth woman (Binnie Barnes) and manages to save the day for her husband.

This film is often criticized by MacDonald-Eddy fans. In truth, MacDonald was never more beautiful, sings well, and Eddy is in fabulous voice. The title song is the big one, along with "Spring is Here." Granted the plot is paper thin, but the couple wasn't known for making heavy movies. Lovely singing, pretty music, a not overly long film, "I Married An Angel" doesn't try to be anything but what it is - light entertainment. Take it on that level, and you won't be disappointed.

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