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Naughty Marietta (1935)

In order to avoid a prearranged marriage, a rebellious French princess sheds her identity and escapes to colonial New Orleans, where she finds an unlikely true love.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Marietta
... Warrington
... Governor d'Annard
... Madame d'Annard
... Uncle (as Douglas Dumbrille)
... Herr Schuman (as Joseph Cawthorne)
... Julie
... Don Carlos
... Frau Schuman
... Rudolpho
... Abe
... Zeke
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Storyline

Princess Marie de Namours de la Bonfain is a beautiful, young, sophisticated French princess of 23, who finds more worth in true love than a title. On the eve of her arranged marriage, to a Spanish-grandee, whom she doesn't love, her maid, Marietta comes to her to say farewell. Marietta is to leave that night on a cargo ship bound for New Orleans where she is to make a new life and find a husband. Princess Marie trades places with Marietta to escape her unwanted marriage and takes on the maid, Marietta's identity. While sailing, the cargo ship is taken hostage by pirates, but, Captain Richard Warrington and his mercenaries soon come to the rescue. Captain Warrington is quickly taken by the beautiful princess aka Marietta and she with him. But, he has no interest in marriage and she's afraid she might be recognized. Meanwhile in France, a search and reward is out for Princess Marie's whereabouts. Princess Marie's Uncle and fiancée soon discover that she is in New Orleans and sail for ... Written by Kelly

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MGM's great musical romance! See more »

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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29 March 1935 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jeanette MacDonald very much wanted Allan Jones to star in this film as her leading man. Jones was unable to work on the film due to his role in The Marx Brothers's A Night at the Opera (1935). Jones's scheduling conflict set the stage for Nelson Eddy to act alongside MacDonald, in what would become the first of eight film pairings featuring the two stars. See more »

Goofs

The 17th Century French nuns have plucked eyebrows and wear make-up and lipstick. See more »

Quotes

Warrington: Now let's talk this over as one mudlark to another...
Marietta: I do not wish to be included in that.
Warrington: ...but that was no street singers' warbling, Blue Eyes. The quality of those tones was something...
Marietta: I used to appear at the Opera Comique.
Warrington: I see, until the manager wished for you to appear as Lady Godiva and you refused.
Marietta: Yes, something like that, yes.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Human Duplicators (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Antoinette and Anatole
(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Additional lyrics by Gus Kahn (1935)
Sung by Charles Bruins and chorus
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Charm, passion, and lots of singing!
16 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Naughty Marietta has earned it place in film history for being the first film to pair the singing duo of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, but it's also a fine example of its particular genre.

A typical variant on the boy-meets-girl theme, this film has a French princess running away from the court of Versailles to the newly- colonized Louisiana, where she meets and falls in love with a mercenary soldier who sings as well he fights. There is an excellent supporting cast including Frank Morgan and Elsa Lanchester, but it is above all a vehicle for the singing talent of Eddy and MacDonald. The script is amusing and at times quite sophisticated and the pair handle it well (MacDonald is a bit ahead of Eddy here, but he makes up for that with his glorious baritone voice). The final duet, Ah Sweet Mystery of Life is one of the great vocal duets in cinema musical history, and only slightly less orgasmic than the "Czaritza" duet in Maytime.

Obviously a vehicle for fans of the Singing Sweethearts, but the film's production values are good, and it should be interesting viewing for any student of cinema's Golden Age.


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