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Sweethearts (1938)

Jeanette Mac Donald , Nelson Eddy , W.S. Van Dyke Ii  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeanette Mac Donald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Florence Rice
  • Directors: W.S. Van Dyke Ii
  • 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: November 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0050PWZD0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Broadway's Gwen Marlowe and Ernest Lane are sweethearts, onstage as stars of Victor Herbert's operetta and offstage as happily marrieds. Then Hollywood beckons, and their fretful stage producer puts the kibosh on any Tinseltown plans by trumping up a romantic triangle that sets the lovebirds feuding. The 24-karat Golden Age singing team of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy headlines a lavish, gossamer-weight box office smash glittering with songs that showcase their superb voices. Director W. S. Van Dyke II provides sophistication, the Dorothy Parker-Alan Campbell script provides rapier wit and the Oscar(r)-winning cinematography* provides proof the ravishing, red-haired MacDonald was born for Technicolor(r).

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
"Sweethearts", would have to be along with the classic "Maytime", my absolute favourite of all the MacDonald/Eddy Operetta teamings at MGM. Blessed with this unforgettable team at their absolute peak, a breathtaking technicolour production, and veteran director W.S. Van Dyke in fine form, "Sweethearts", make most memorable viewing for all lovers of this team's work. It had the added bonus of presenting this popular team in a slight variation on their usual screen persona's with the usual sweetness and light at times being joined by some amusing tart dialogue and situations that showed these two performers in a different and very agreeable manner. Both performers respond to this partial change of pace with delightfully fresh and energetic deliveries that where most welcome extensions on their previous work together.
By 1938 Jeanette MacDonald in particular was anxious to at least partially escape the constant teamings that she had with Nelson Eddy. This didn't result from any personal dislike of Eddy but was simply her need to expand her dramatic range and put some variety into who she worked with. While their Box Office draw together at this time made a breaking up of the team unthinkable MGM decided to go all out with their new production of the 1913 play by Victor Herbert and make it unique for the MacDonald/Eddy team. A lavish budget was set which included the use of three strip technicolour which greatly enhanced the look and feel of the production and showed audiences for the first time the beauty of Jeanette MacDonald's colouring and Nelson Eddy's often overlooked masculine charm.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A VINTAGE VISUAL AND MUSICAL TREAT. September 26, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
On the sixth anniversary of the enormously successful Broadway revival of Victor Herbert's operetta SWEETHEARTS, the show's stars Gwen Marlowe and Ernest Lane (Jeanette & Nelson, respectively) are still very much in love, but are tired of working constantly and yearn for a vacation away from the pressures of Broadway. Amusing complications follow. SWEETHEARTS was M-G-M's first three-strip Technicolor film, and the first colour film for either MacDonald or Eddy. Originally, when the filming began on 17 June 1938, it was partially shot in black & white. After two days, the footage was scrapped and the production was interrupted: filming began to commence in Technicolor. Why? There were huge production problems on NORTHWEST PASSAGE, which was to be the first full-length Technicolor feature for M-G-M. Originally Jose Iturbi was to make his acting debut in the film, however - for reasons unclear - he's not in the final released product. Iturbi made his film debut later, in 1944. Reviews of the day commended the use of colour in the film (Jeanette's beautiful golden-red hair was particularly praised) and Oliver Marsh & Allen Davey won a special AA for their Technicolor cinematography.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reel and Real Sweethearts Forever October 29, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Sweeping lyrical scores, brilliant technicolor and staccato pace set the backdrop for this love story between wife Gwen (Jeanette) and husband Ernest Lane(Nelson). As wildly popular stage performers, they live a perpetual honeymoon, on stage and off - a touch syrupy for some but delightful for romantics. That the movie lacks a story line is unimportant - the scores and lavish productions more than compensate in this opulent Victor Herbert musical. Outstanding is the couple's poignantly rendered harmony with "My Little Grey Home of the West". In that sequence, Nelson Eddy vividly projects a fiery affinity for Jeanette MacDonald that is actually palpable. The movie is well named.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars At long last MacDonald and Eddy finally come to DVD July 10, 2011
Format:DVD
After years of requests, petitions, and prayers, the MacDonald-Eddy musicals have finally come out on DVD. Metro Goldwyn Mayer's Singing Sweethearts are as fresh and lively as ever in their first Technicolor movie.
This filmed version of Victor Herbert's VERY loosely adapted operetta "Sweethearts" features Jeanette MacDonald as Gwen Marlowe and Nelson Eddy as her singing partner, Ernest Lane.
While I'm thrilled to get MacDonald and Eddy on DVD, I can't help but thinking that the color balance is a bit "off" on this transfer. It's very apparent in MacDonald's fashion montage scenes where the saturation of color seems to be too much. Perhaps this is just a glitch of early Technicolor, but it's not something that I remember being an issue in the VHS release of several decades ago. Also, the title screen of the Main Menu is a little drab, and both MacEddy movies feature this same computer-generated Main Menu. Too bad, because other MGM DVDs have been given more lavish treatment - see "The Women" for what I'm talking about.
The bonus features on the disk are a real treasure - but unfortunately there's no way to stop, pause or select chapters for these features. It's exciting to hear excerpts that have never before been released.
In all, it's a great release, but I do feel that Warner could have spent just a LITTLE more time on these remasters to make them everything that we MacDonald-Eddy fans have longed for.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweethearts forever, MacDonald/Eddy....... October 27, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Sweeping lyrical scores, brilliant technicolor and staccato pace set the backdrop for this love story between wife Gwen(Jeanette) and husband Ernest Lane(Nelson). As wildly popular stage performers, they live a perpetual honeymoon, on stage and off - a touch syrupy for some but delightful for romantics. That the movie lacks a story line is unimportant - the scores and lavish productions more than compensate in this opulent Victor Herbert musical. Outstanding is the couple's poignant harmony singing "My Little Grey Home in the West". In that sequence especially, Nelson projects a fiery affinity for Jeanette that is actually palpable. This movie is well named.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, lighthearted movie
Nelson Eddy and Jeanette Mac Donald looked happy and relaxed in this movie. It's very funny and it's a pleasure to see some of the supporting actors that did such a good job in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by carmen
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweethearts with Nelson Eddy and Jeannette MacDonald
I saw this movie in the late 1950s on my family's black and white TV set. I wanted to see it again and see it in color. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sharon E. Scharff
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite
I think of all their movies this is probably my favorite. She was pregnant with his child at the time, and is positively glowing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lynda I. Tucker
1.0 out of 5 stars not happy
No it was not playing in the middle of the movie so my parents could not watch it and i would a refund for this particular movie.
Published 2 months ago by Rebekah Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Much enjoyed
This was a gift for a friend who likes these movies from her era. I did not see it but she said she liked it very much.
Published 4 months ago by Virginia Montella
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Jeanette MacDonald
A wonderful storyline and wonderful songs! This is a great DVD to add to your collection! Highly recommend it! I really enjoy any movie that has Jeanette MacDonald in it! Read more
Published 5 months ago by B.E. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Christmas surprise was on me!
Purchased all 8 of the all time great Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy films for my wife for Christmas. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A man fond of Amazons
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweethearts
Oh my goodness, here I am, again, with my favorite memories regarding movies ... little doubt that the younger generations
would find this "corny" ... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Edith K. Farris
4.0 out of 5 stars an attempt at modern times
This is the least successful of the films I purchased even though the singing is superb. The modern ambience is partly spoilt by a feeble plot and songs of lesser greatness than in... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cate
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Sweethearts
This was a great movie. It contained some of the most delightful and beautiful music ever performed by the stars. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Marilyn rice
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