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Sweethearts (1938)

Passed | | Musical | 30 December 1938 (USA)
The team behind a successful Broadway production tries to stop the married stars from transitioning to Hollywood.

Directors:

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

Writers:

Fred De Gresac (book) (as Fred de Gresac), Harry B. Smith (book) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Gwen Marlowe
Nelson Eddy ... Ernest Lane
Frank Morgan ... Felix Lehman
Ray Bolger ... Hans
Florence Rice ... Kay Jordan
Mischa Auer ... Leo Kronk
Herman Bing ... Oscar Engel
George Barbier ... Benjamin Silver
Reginald Gardiner ... Norman Trumpett
Fay Holden ... Hannah
Allyn Joslyn ... Dink
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Marlowe
Gene Lockhart ... Augustus
Kathleen Lockhart ... Aunt Amelia
Berton Churchill ... Sheridan
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Storyline

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>

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Taglines:

Exquisite music . . . sparkling romance for the King and Queen of song ! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enamorados See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is MGM's first full length feature in 3-color Technicolor. See more »

Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
(1829) (uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
In the score during fits of jealousy by Gwen
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The Technicolor reveals Jeanette MacDonald's flaming red hair and blue eyes which makes her a prima donna in this film!
20 March 2006 | by mensa522See all my reviews

It was a surprise that "Sweethearts" was MGM's first full-length movie in color and also that Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy were selected for this venture. Since it is based in modern times, 1938, it is much more believable and enjoyable in color. I just watched this film on Turner Classic Movies and enjoyed the story and each scene as it unfolded. She could have been a classic opera diva with her talent and good stage presence but instead she chose to make films that are recorded for us and posterity to enjoy! "Sweethearts" is a fun film to watch with music from a bygone era that will not be duplicated in this present age of reality, action films.


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