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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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Genres:

Musical

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enamorados See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 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

"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 »

Connections

Referenced in Electrical Power (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

California Here I Come
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva, and Joseph Meyer
Briefly in the score when Gwen and Ernest are off to California
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Nelson & Jeanette as themselves/
13 October 2001 | by kinder-1See 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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