John Carteret has long been depressed and lonely, because, at his wedding years ago, his bride, Moonyean, was murdered. He accepts into his house Kathleen, the 5 year old orphaned niece of ... See full summary »
A musical comedy duo in their 6th year on Broadway receive an offer to perform in Hollywood making films. The change of lifestyle is inviting to the Sweethearts as the move will take them away from relatives and friends who want to engage them in countless performances. However, when it comes to signing their Hollywood contract they do not sign as Gwen has been perceived into believing her seetheart and husband is engaged in an affair with their personal assistant. The Sweethearts split up and carry on performing their musical production around America with their understudies as their co-stars. Eventually they are united in a Broadway Show.Written by
Jenny Evans <J.Evans@uts.edu.au>
A written epilogue explains: "In our screen play, certain dramatic liberties have been taken with the operetta 'SWEETHEARTS'. We depict the scenes from the operetta as though it was a recent production presented by a wholly fictitious producer Felix Lehman and composed and written by two wholly imaginary persons Oscar Engel and Leo Kronk whereas the stage operetta 'SWEETHEARTS' was actually written and produced on the stage about 1913, Victor Herbert composing the music and Fred De Gresac (as Fred de Gresac), Robert B. Smith and Harry B. Smith writing the book and lyrics." See more »
"Sweethearts" has so much going for it that it's painful to admit to some lesser Victor Herbert songs as main features. Eddy and MacDonald are fine, the Technicolor is lovely, and the cast is top notch. Unfortunately, there are only about two songs that are worthy of the great Herbert.
Well, every composer can't turn out all hits; it's just unfortunate that the lesser songs are given such up front treatment. As much as the stars pour their all into these songs, they fall rather flat and unmemorable.
The production numbers are spectacular, the production design lovely, and the costumes eye-popping. Too bad this one didn't rise to the level of the duo's other film entries. Still, kudos to the quality of both the singing and acting of Eddy-MacDonald.
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