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Naughty Marietta (1935)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 29 March 1935 (USA)
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.


Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited), W.S. Van Dyke (uncredited)


Rida Johnson Young (book), John Lee Mahin (screen play) | 2 more credits »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Marietta
Nelson Eddy ... Warrington
Frank Morgan ... Governor d'Annard
Elsa Lanchester ... Madame d'Annard
Douglass Dumbrille ... Uncle (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Joseph Cawthorn ... Herr Schuman (as Joseph Cawthorne)
Cecilia Parker ... Julie
Walter Kingsford ... Don Carlos
Greta Meyer ... Frau Schuman
Akim Tamiroff ... Rudolpho
Harold Huber ... Abe
Edward Brophy ... Zeke


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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GLORIOUSLY DIFFERENT MUSICAL PICTURE! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Tech Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - May 6, 1938 - all caps) See more »


Drama | Musical | Romance


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This film received its initial television broadcast in Phoenix Friday 8 February 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), followed by Seattle 3 March 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Portland OR 30 March 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by New York City 19 April 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Memphis 27 May 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), by Hartford CT 29 May 1958 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Los Angeles 7 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by Chicago 6 July 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Honolulu 25 August 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Tampa 31 August 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), by Omaha 3 November 1957 on WOW (Channel 3), by Salt Lake City 25 November 1957 on KTVT (Channel 4), by Philadelphia 5 January 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6) and by San Francisco 2 March 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


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


Marietta: I thought your world didn't include women.
Warrington: Oh, I wish it was full of them and they all looked like you.
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Spoofed in Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »


(1910) (uncredited)
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Gus Kahn (1935)
Sung by Peter Potter, Jeanette MacDonald and chorus
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Recommended, but only for fans of Nelson and Jeanette...
7 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

If old-fashioned operettas with lots of full-bodied singing and coy charm aren't your idea of entertainment, then steer clear of NAUGHTY MARIETTA--which, frankly, was somewhat of a museum piece even when first released in '35, belonging, as it did, to a style of musical theater that had long passed.

But back then, NELSON EDDY and JEANETTE MacDONALD were a hot singing duo, and MGM would soon be casting them in film after film, based usually on hoary old operetta-type stories. Unless today's musical fans have a taste for this kind of singing, they're likely to find the film totally unbearable.

I can still succumb to the charm of this kind of story and to these singers, for Nelson's baritone is one of the best you're ever likely to hear on screen--only Howard Keel and Gordon MacRae come close to approximating it. As for the story, it has to be taken with a grain of salt--a simple bit of nonsense about a princess escaping from France and ending up in Louisiana, where she gradually falls in love with a man who helped rescue her from French pirates.

It's a slender tale on which Victor Herbert strung some of his golden melodies, sung to the max by MacDonald and Eddy. As a singer myself (I was in The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Glee Club, a club started by Victor Herbert himself), we sometimes did the Herbert melodies as part of our repertoire.

FRANK MORGAN and ELSA LANCHESTER as the governor and his wife add the required amount of broad humor and the sets and costumes have that lavish MGM look.

Pleasant, if not the most memorable teaming of MacDonald and Eddy.

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29 March 1935 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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