I Married an Angel
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Based upon the Rogers and Hart broadway hit, the film's plot is simple. Taking place in Budapest, a handsome and rich banker, thirty something playboy, Count William Palaffi (Nelson Eddy), falls asleep at his birthday party, dreaming of being married to a heaven sent angel named Brigitta (Jeanette MacDonald). The dream tracks the early days of their marriage and her transition from angel to devil in an effort to please her husband. When he awakens, he realizes that his angel has been there all along, as Ms. Szabo (Jeanette MacDonald), a secretary from his bank who had attended his costume birthday fete dressed up as an angel is a doppelganger for Brigitta. The path to true love is a strange one, indeed!
The costumes are lovely in this film, and the music is glorious. Though filmed in 1942, the film still has some of the sumptuousness of filming associated with the nineteen thirties. Highly stylized, it is a musical that those who love vintage films will surely enjoy. Bravo!
Although the movie is never not embarrassing, the hardest to watch part consists of bank owner Nelson Eddy falling asleep on a couch and having a vivid dream in which an angel, played by Jeanette MacDonald, who bears a striking resemblence to an employee in his bank who has come to his birthday party in an angel costume, descends from heaven with the intent to marry him. The complications that arise in his dream of this marriage of heaven and earth provide the action for most of the film. Once one gets past the silliness of all this, it is actually a lot of fun. As a long time animal rights supporter, I got a kick out of the scene where angel MacDonald refuses to wear a hat with bird feathers on it, or a dress with an animal's tail, or carry a wolfskin hand warmer. There is also a risque scene where MacDonald wakes up in the morning after her wedding, to discover that she no longer has wings. And the long scene wedding reception where she speaks the truth to everyone she meets has its charms.Read more ›
The premise of a boss and secretary falling in love and marrying is as old as the hills, but there's nothing about this plot that can remotely be called ordinary. Let your mind wander into the realm of bizarre dreams and believe in the adage of "be careful what you wish for because it might come true" ... and this movie is a riot. Yes, the original script fell victim to the Hays Code censorship who considered an angel losing her wings on her wedding night to be too scandalous for the times. But in spite of numerous script re-writes, the story line is entertaining and Nelson & Jeanette appear to be having a blast with their unconventional roles.
For the 6 years she's worked at the Palaffi bank, Anna Zador (Jeanette) has had a crush on her boss, but playboy Count Willi Palaffi doesn't even know the shy secretary exists. All that changes when she is invited to his birthday costume party. Her simple, cheaply made angel costume and sweetly shy demeanor glare in stark comparison to the lavish outfits and flirty exuberant behavior of the other guests and she quickly becomes the butt of jokes, drawing laughter from everyone including Willi. But when he realizes he's hurt her feelings he apologizes and asks her to dance. Afterwards and with the party still in full swing, Willi makes his way upstairs where he falls asleep. And thus begins the dream.
Enter Brigitta ... an angel who in Willi's champagne-hazed subconscious looks just like Anna Zador. Brigitta announces she's been sent to marry him and that she will devote herself to his happiness.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was the funniest of the MacDonald and Eddy movies. Jeanette was able to do much more comedy and dancing in this story about a bachelor who had to get married in order to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
We enjoy both of this couple. Their movies were clean, had plots, and the music is good.Published 13 months ago by William D. Hansen
Nelson Eddy and Jeanette Mac Donald are my favorite actors. DVD in top shape. Thank you. JolenePublished 23 months ago by Jolene
One Movie is as good as all of them with Jeanette Mc Donal and Eddy Nelson A+A+A+A+A+A+Published on August 9, 2014 by christmas Ornament collector
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