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I wish I could rate this movie 10 stars!
on January 8, 2004
Naughty Marietta, winning the Oscar for Best Sound Recording in 1935, is the crown jewel of the Eddy/MacDonald films, holding a special place in anyone's heart that has ever had the pleasure of seeing it. It is esteemed as one of the best-loved operettas of all time, and that's saying a lot about this film.
Made in 1935, and starring Hollywood's `Singing Sweethearts', Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald put on a grand performance, rapt with romance, drama, and comical antics. No two persons could have played the part better, and with such chemistry.
Jeanette MacDonald shines in her role as the French Princess Marie who runs away incognito as her servant Marietta, to escape her arranged marriage to a Spanish duke. Passing herself off as a casquet girl, she shows herself a kind-hearted woman to the girls around her, who are on a ship bound to New Orleans to become wives to the colonists. Almost at their destination, they run into pirates and all of them are abducted. Captain Warrington (Nelson Eddy) and his mercenary scouts just happen to be in the bayou neighborhood when Marietta calls for help, and he comes to the aid of the women. It is during this part that Eddy sings one of my favorite songs, `The Owl and the Bobcat' (I just love watching him sing!)
Of course, this being Nelson Eddy's movie-starrring debut, there are moments in the movie where he appears a bit stiff, but those moments are few and far between. The very handsome baritone pulled off his performance near to perfection. I just know the little quibbles because of some research I did. I'm now a die-hard fan of their films. It is now one of my favorite films of all time. I hope it becomes one of yours too.
Other performers in the movie: The governor of New Orleans is wonderfully played by Frank Morgan (The Wizard of Oz), who struggles with words and is constantly harangued by his wife. He's a real treat to watch in this movie. Some other comic reliefs are Warrington's two right-hand men, Abraham and Ezekiel.
Well, I won't go into every little nit-picky detail, but just this much should wet anyone's musical appetite. Naughty Marietta won't disappoint anyone who enjoys the classic musicals of the 30's. It's rich with singing and beautiful orchestrations. And let's not forget Victor Herbert's immortal love aria, `Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life', sung by a very teary-eyed, vivacious princess and her love-struck captain at the zenith of the movie.
It is worth the price wherever you buy/rent it. It struck a chord with me. I'm not a big musical fan, but on the other hand, I'm a chump for romance. This film keeps me satisfied in that area! Take some time out of your busy schedule, cuddle up with some popcorn (and maybe some hankies), and enjoy a monumental Eddy/MacDonald film.