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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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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

One of MGM mogul Irving Thalberg's personal projects, this originally began filming in Technicolor, with Paul Lukas as Nikolai Nazaroff and Frank Morgan as August Archipenko. When Thalberg died, production was halted. When it was able to resume, black and white was selected as a more economical format. Lukas and Morgan were no longer available, so John Barrymore and Herman Bing took over their roles. See more »

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Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
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Nelson never fails.
28 April 2003 | by christinedeslerSee all my reviews

The first time I ever heard the name Nelson Eddy was in a Michael Crawford In Concert CD. Since then I have seen "The Phantom of the Opera" in which his starred... but I didn't recognize him as a performer in the least... not until I saw this movie. "Maytime" is my all time favorite movie with Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy. It's closely followed by "New Moon", and I have seen a couple others. Yet "Maytime" has more going for it than just the heart throb known as Nelson Eddy!

The plot is simple. Girl has fiance. Girl meets new guy. Girl falls in love but marries first guy. Years pass. Girl and guy meet again ... and the rest will be history to only those whom have seen it! I could never give away the ending. All I can say is that the music in this movie is absolutely amazing, and I always come so terribly close to crying. I'm not a cryer, so to say I get CLOSE is a good sign. I have bawled to it before!

John Barrymore, Drew's grandfather <?> is a wonderful anti-villain. He's a good guy who just happens to be a terrible protagonist, and he does something so horrible that you hope his Niccolai Nazaroth burns in hellfire for eternity. Yet he's such a terrific 'villain'. The one and only thing I have against this film is that it's in b&w. I wish beyond all wishing that it were in color, so I could see his gorgeous eyes and blonde hair!

Believe me, this is a good movie.


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