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Sweethearts (1938)

Passed | | Musical | 30 December 1938 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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(as W.S. Van Dyke II), (uncredited)

Writers:

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

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Cast

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Felix Lehman
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Hans
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Kay Jordan
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Leo Kronk
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Oscar Engel
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Benjamin Silver
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Norman Trumpett
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Dink
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Mrs. Marlowe
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Augustus
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Aunt Amelia
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Sheridan
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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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Exquisite music . . . sparkling romance for the King and Queen of song ! See more »

Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

30 December 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enamorados  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 25, 1946 with Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald reprising their film roles. 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 »

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Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Summer Serenade
(1938) (uncredited)
(aka "Badinage")
Music by Victor Herbert (from "The Serenade") (1897)
Lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest
Performed by Jeanette MacDonald with piano by Dalies Frantz
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Nelson & Jeanette as themselves/
13 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

Sweethearts was the first color film for Nelson & Jeanette, and they, and the film are quite beautiful.They portray a married couple, appearing in musical comedy. This shows Nelson at his most playful--the "Pretty as A Picture" duet was so personal, I thought I was privy to a private moment between them. Too bad, MGM never took advantage of Nelson's self depreciating talent, but this film is most interesting, because it gives us a fascinating glimpse of what might have been.


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