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Bitter Sweet (1940)

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  • Actors: Nelson Eddy, Jeanette MacDonald
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LE8OE2
  • Learn more about "Bitter Sweet (1940)" on IMDb

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By S. Mitchell on 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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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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"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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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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By A Customer on July 14, 2002
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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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Jeanette and Nelson movies succeeded more when done in black and white, and especially where Nelson was the hero and Jeanette the kind of damsell in distress..but there was always adventure...great sets and great
singing...
In Bittersweet, Nelson does'nt look like himself compared to other films,
maybe his health was not the best ... i even remember this film from
my youth and even then i knew that this one was not like the others.
Hey, Nelson and Jeanette only made 8 films together ...so Bittersweet
for all fans is also a must see and a keeper for the collection.
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