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Maytime (1937)

An aging opera singer looks back on her long life, including her relationships with her vocal teacher and a student.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Rida Johnson Young (operetta), Noel Langley | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Marcia Mornay
Nelson Eddy ... Paul Allison
John Barrymore ... Nicolai Nazaroff
Herman Bing ... August Archipenko
Tom Brown ... Kip Stuart
Lynne Carver ... Barbara Roberts
Rafaela Ottiano ... Ellen
Charles Judels ... Cabby
Paul Porcasi ... Trentini
Sig Ruman ... Fanchon (as Sig Rumann)
Walter Kingsford ... Mr. Rudyard
Guy Bates Post ... Louis Napoleon
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Storyline

An elderly Miss Morrison recounts her life as the once young and beautiful opera singer Marcia Morney-then the toast of Napoleon III's Paris. One evening, she encounters an American voice student, Paul Allison, and the two unexpectedly fall in love. Unfortunately for her, she has already accepted the marriage proposal of her mentor, Nicolai Nazaroff-more out of obligation than any feeling of love for him. As a result, she breaks off her relationship with Paul, and reluctantly marries Nicolai. After 7 years of marriage, Nicolai sets up Marcia for an engagement performance in the United States of the opera "Tsaritsa". Nicolai signs up Paul as her leading partner, not knowing of Marcia and Paul's past. When he realizes what he has done, Nicolai becomes enraged with jealousy... Written by Kelly

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One day to last them the rest of their lives. See more »

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Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Primavera See more »

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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (tinted sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's initial telecast took place in Chicago Saturday 18 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Seattle 7 July 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Portland OR 27 July 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Phoenix 10 August 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), by Los Angeles 23 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by Cincinnati 4 November 1957 on WLW-T (Channel 5), by Norfolk VA 27 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Philadelphia 6 February 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Cleveland 16 February 1958 on KYW (Channel 3), by Pittsburgh 2 May 1958 on KDKA (Channel 2), and, finally, by New York City 28 March 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), and, better late than never, by San Francisco 2 December 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

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During the ball scene, Marcia Mornay sings Les filles de Cadiz by Delibes at the command of the Emperor Louis Napoleon. However, the piece was not composed until 1874, whereas Louis reigned from 1852-1870. See more »

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Santa Lucia
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Sung by Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy and an uncredited singer
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Superbly Crafted. And One of the Saddest Films I've Ever Seen.
6 September 2002 | by KirasjeriSee all my reviews

I won't repeat what some of the other reviews have said, other than to add my perspective. This was a marvelous film, made with great skill in every way, from screenplay to songs. It is also, along with "Waterloo Bridge" and "How Green Was My Valley" (see reviews), one of the saddest movies I have ever seen.

Of course it manipulates us into reaching for the hankies, but it does a good job at it. I consider myself a big cynical guy, but this movie! Man. I saw it many years ago, and to this day if someone mentions the word "sweetheart", I think of the song "Will You Remember?" and start getting teary-eyed!

Yes, I have it on video. I ALSO HAVE THE RADIO BROADCAST! In 1944, the Lux Radio Theater reprised the popular film in an hour long broadcast with the original stars. The adaptation was wonderfully done. The only change of note was Nelson Eddy sang the rousing French march, "Le Regiment du Sambre et Meuse" instead of Jeanette MacDonald. I downloaded this gem from the Bearshare peer to peer service. It is worth looking for and downloading.

Just don't anyone ever say "Sweethearts" to me - in any context at any time I think of "Maytime" and get sad. Of course some people love those types of films.

One memorable movie. But it made me so sad I almost wish I never saw it. Almost!


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