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Bitter Sweet (1940)

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  • Actors: Nelson Eddy, George Sanders, Ian Hunter, Felix Bressart Jeanette Mac Donald
  • Directors: W.S. Van Dyke
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,621 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Songbirds and lovebirds Carl and Sarah Linden (Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald) happily starve in a 19th-century Viennese garret, awaiting the day the world will cheer Carl's operetta. But a lecherous baron (George Sanders, oozing caddishness from every pore) with an eye for Sarah and a taste for duels threatens to turn their hope to tragedy. I'll See You Again, If You Could Only Come with Me, What Is Love? - Noel Coward wrote some of his subtlest, most poignant songs for the stage version of Bitter Sweet and America's Singing Sweethearts give them screen immortality. Zigeuner, the grand finale, features MacDonald against a Technicolor(r) palette as delicate and dramatic as the leading lady herself.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A grocery list would sound wonderful ! July 30, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This pair could sing a duet grocery list and I would love it ! I was born in their heyday (30's). Jeanette MacDonald more than any other musican influenced me to pursue a singing career.
Sure, the acting might be uneven, costumes not proper (but this is NOT uncommon for Hollywood) Who cares? These two singers are front and center. I guess I'm sentimental but I love all their movies even with other singers like the wonderful Allan Jones.
Seeing Jeanette and Mr. Eddy in live concert in Wichita Ks was a highlite after seeing them as a child in so many movies.
Don't be too hard on these movies. Listen to the wonderful voices and music. Forget the rest. Think how fortunate we are to have them on film!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE STORY DRAGS,BUT COWARD'S MUSIC IS A DELIGHT January 18, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The only thing that would make this movie worth the entire viewing is Noel Coward's great music. Coward who is my second favorite composer(Behind Cole Porter)wrote several of his most memorable songs for this musical,"I'll See You Again",one of my favorite points of the movie MacDonald singing "Zigeuner" at the end.Amusing at times,dull at others,but when the songs are sung delightful.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Title Says It All: "Bitter Sweet" September 17, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
"Bittersweet" is NOT a favourite of mine... hard to say whether it or "I Married an Angel" is my least favourite J/N flick. Still, due to Nelson's presence, it is somewhat bearable. I really adore both Nelson and Jeanette, don't get me wrong. What I really didn't like was the fact that the entire thing seemed tossed together without much thought or plan for a plot. Like what point did that Tokay scene make?? I mean, it was adorable to see him bouncing Jeanette on that table, but usually the songs and scenes in their films serve some purpose. The storyline in general is just rather obscure.
Jeanette's gowns I found a bit much - it seems Adrian must have been in a wild mood a couple times... some were okay: I really liked the blue one she wore at the beginning and the satin ones she wore at Schlick's. The apricot one at the last café scene was the best! The purple one in the Tokay scene drew all attention away from anything else in the scene and drives my eyes buggy with those perfectly matched, zig-zagging stripes. Good for a laugh only.
I loved Hawwy and Jane. Even though they were both despicable.
I thought the scene where Jeanette breaks down trying to sing that song for Herr Wyler was very touching.
And I love the part where Nelson's two friends start pulling out the pawn tickets. The look on his face when they said, "That's for the bed," was hilarious. And Jeanette, "Oh, Carl, it's just the bed!" Men and their strange values.
And of course the scene when he carried her upstairs was darling. I laughed so hard the first time I saw him toss her over his shoulder and cart her the rest of the way up.
I too hate that Nelson has to die... they adored each other so much... and it WAS too abrupt.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet July 9, 2012
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Anything with these two stars in is a hit to me....I loved to hear them sing in harmony and alone.....they were unstoppable and wish they would have made more movies together......
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MEDIOCRE AT BEST. July 14, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
A near atrocity from the Hollywood of 1940, this filmization of the Noel Coward play retained the beautiful score, but otherwise was so phoney and ineptly done that Coward himself vowed never to sell anything to Hollywood again (he kept his word). At 37, McDonald is meant to be an innocent girl of 18, and the embarrassingly enept performance of the wooden Eddy as the Viennese rake is just the beginning...Here we spend our time watching the actors ladling on their characterisations - for instance: the supposedly starving Jeanette is dressed in Adrian's plushiest low camp creations...The redeeming advantage of colour doesn't make up for the clumsy, sentimental narrative of which fans were duly disappointed: one of the beloved duos unfortunate unabashed flops. In spite of the film's ineptness, the supporting cast is rather good: George Sanders, Ian Hunter, Veda Ann Borg, Janet Beecher and Lynne Carver and, in a bit, Hans Conreid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Sweet. March 31, 2012
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So nice that the Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy movies are coming out, can not understand why we have had to wait so long for them to be released on dvd. Great movie with a great picture and sound. One happy Aussie!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Eddy/MacDonald Fare March 8, 2009
Format:VHS Tape
The wonderful voices of and personal chemistry between Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald always makes a movie worthwhile.

The story revolves around Sarah Millick (Jeanette), a young English woman who on the eve of her arranged wedding, abandons her wealth & social position to elope with Karl Linden (Nelson), her Viennese music instructor and a struggling composer.

Living on love alone proves a challenge to the couple and provides both the humor and the tragedy of the story. Bitter Sweet provides several fine songs for both singers and they make the most of them. However, the script is weak and the unsatisfactory ending, which includes the shortest duel in history, spoils the enjoyment of the rest of the movie and leaves the viewer with a feeling of emptiness.

If you are a fan of Nelson and Jeanette, don't pass on this one, but you'll find the story isn't up to their talents.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars my grandfather loved
just as described, my grandfather loved it
Published 1 day ago by Heather Morello
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best Movie ever A+A+A+A+A+A+A+A+A+A
Published 11 days ago by christmas Ornament collector
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific film.
Bought this for my mother. She is a big fan of Jeanette Macdonald and Nelson Eddy. She loved this movie. Would highly recommend.
Published 12 days ago by lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet indeed
Lovely music, good performances, and a story that is very funny at times and very sad at times. Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald had undeniable chemistry together.
Published 2 months ago by carmen
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE transfer!
This was a major Technicolor production for MGM with two important stars. The "transfer" to DVD-R, if it can be called that, is atrocious. Read more
Published 3 months ago by rater25
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Sweet was purchased by me but given as a gift
I gave this DVD as a gift and was called yesterday to say how much they have enjoyed watching it. This really good old time movie was much appreciated.
Published 3 months ago by Marion L. Snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Bitter Sweet movie rating
I could not believe the clarity and color quality of the 1940 movie. It had a good plot and was beautifully executed. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Janet D. McKinstry
4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet
Not one of Nelson Eddy & Jeanette McDonald's best, but enjoyable just the same. If you are a fan of these two, then , I recommend it to you
Published 5 months ago by F. O. Foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Jeanette MacDonald
Any movie that Jeanette MacDonald is in is great!! Love to hear her sing! A beautiful and talented lady! Highly recommend!!
Published 6 months ago by B.E. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy are sublime!
The saying that "they don't make them like they used to" is an old saw but it sure applies here . Read more
Published 7 months ago by A man fond of Amazons
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