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I Married an Angel (1942)

Passed | | Fantasy, Musical, Romance | 9 July 1942 (USA)
A count who ignores an infatuated secretary thinks he has met his match when an angel from Heaven shows up.

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

Writers:

(play) (as János Vaszary), (musical adaptation for play) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
... Anna / Brigitta
... Count Palaffi
... Peter
... Peggy
... 'Whiskers'
... Baron Szigethy
... Marika
... Sufi
... Iren
... Zinski
... Polly
Marion Rosamond ... Dolly
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Anna Zador is a secretary who's been working for 6 years at Count Willie Palaffi's bank. Every day, she rides to work on her bike and places flowers on Willie's desk, but Willie (the Budapest playboy) doesn't know that she exists. "Whiskers", noticing Anna to be a sweet and beautiful woman, believes she would be the perfect wife for Willie. He insists that Marika (Willie's personal secretary) invite Anna to Willie's costume birthday party - she does so reluctantly for she wants to marry Willie. Marika, knowing Anna is low on cash, offers to help her get a costume. At the party, everyone is dressed elegantly, while Anna is in a simple Angel's outfit. Willie, feeling sorry for her, asks her to dance, but when he sees the guests laughing at them, he makes an excuse and goes upstairs. Upstairs, Willie falls asleep and dreams that an Angel named Brigitta comes to earth to marry him. On their wedding night, Brigitta loses her wings to Willie's delight. He is less delighted when her ... Written by Kelly

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America's Favorite Sweethearts in their final pairing!


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Release Date:

9 July 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Me casé con un ángel  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film's initial USA telecast took place in Seattle Friday 21 December 1956 on KING (Channel 5); it first aired in Chicago Friday 18 January 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Portland OR 4 February 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Philadelphia 9 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Hartford CT 17 March 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in New Haven CT 19 March 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 27 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Minneapolis 28 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), and in Los Angeles 3 October 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it was first telecast in San Francisco 5 November 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in New York City 23 December 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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At the Roxy Music Hall
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Nelson and Jeanette's last film together
20 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

Based on the Broadway musical, "I Married an Angel" is a fantasy that takes place in Budapest. Released in 1942, it proved to be the last film for Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, as Eddy bought out his contract and left MGM.

The story concerns a secretary, Anna (again MacDonald) who is in love with the her playboy banker boss, Count Pilaffi (Eddy), and has been invited to his birthday party. Because it's a costume party, a jealous girlfriend of the Count's (Mona Maris) makes sure that Anna is in a cheap makeshift angel costume, complete with aluminum wings, one of which falls off, and a halo that hits the Count in the face when he tries to dance with her. After being hit one too many times, the Count excuses himself and goes upstairs, where he falls asleep.

He dreams that an angel, Brigitta (MacDonald again) comes down from heaven to be his wife. She seems perfect, except that she's not used to the ways of the world - polite social talk, for instance - so she tells it like it is, thereby insulting a lot of important people. She gets some lessons from an earthy earth woman (Binnie Barnes) and manages to save the day for her husband.

This film is often criticized by MacDonald-Eddy fans. In truth, MacDonald was never more beautiful, sings well, and Eddy is in fabulous voice. The title song is the big one, along with "Spring is Here." Granted the plot is paper thin, but the couple wasn't known for making heavy movies. Lovely singing, pretty music, a not overly long film, "I Married An Angel" doesn't try to be anything but what it is - light entertainment. Take it on that level, and you won't be disappointed.


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