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I Married an Angel

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With a lilting "Tira Lira La," a bevy of Budapest beauties show up for the birthday celebration of the town's most eligible bachelor, Count Palaffi (Nelson Eddy). Weary of their scheming attentions, the wealthy playboy slips away to his room... and dreams the fanciful escape of I Married An Angel. That angel is Jeanette MacDonald, starring with Eddy for the eighth time. The two stars are delightful as ever, harmonizing the Rodgers and Hart title tune and more in heavenly fashion. And the story has all the puffy-cloud imaginativeness you'd expect. This whimsical bon-bon of a film marked the end of the legendary MacDonald-Eddy pairings. They were to silver screen operetta what Astaire and Rogers were to dance. There's never been anyone else like them. There never will be again.

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  • Actors: Nelson Eddy, Edward Everett Horton, Binnie Barnes, Reginald Owen, Douglas Dumbrille, Mona Maris, Janis Carter, Inez Cooper Jeanette Mac Donald
  • Directors: Maj. W.S. Van Dyke Ii
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0074JOV78
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This movie is a cult classic for musical lovers. This was the last movie that Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy made together and you can see that the actors have matured and are comfortable with one another. The actors' facial expressions, body language and overall acting all combine to completely charm the watcher of this movie. Watch closely as Nelson and Jeanette look at each other at the birthday party -- it's enough to give you that little tingle that goes all the way down to your tummy! What a beautiful couple! What gorgeous costuming! What wonderful songs! There are no others that have voices that blend so beautifully as Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy and there has not been a couple like these two since. Every song in this movie leaves a lasting impression and you find you will hum these songs after the movie ends. The story line is enchanting. I have loved this movie since the first time I saw it as a child and I love it still today. I highly recommend this movie.
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This is an absolutely charming fantasy film. I love it! Of course, since I was a child, I have always been partial to Nelson Eddy/Jeanette MacDonald films. Together, they made beautiful music. This film is particularly bittersweet, as it was their final film together, forever ending a wonderful musical chapter in Hollywood history.
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!
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Rodger's and Hart's spritely Broadway musical had originally been written for the screen in 1933 with Jeanette MacDonald as the intended Angel. When the code came in, a story about an angel who loses her wings on her wedding night became too risky, so R&H bought the property back from Paramount and did it on Broadway with Dennis King and Vivienne Segal. It was a huge hit, and many of its songs became classics. MGM bought the film rights for the MacDonald/Eddy team. But 1942 censors were no more sympathetic to the story, and the film plot got chopped to bits, making some of the final result incomprehensible. Nevertheless, the music is glorious, and Jeanette has a good time going from Angel to Devil, all for love of playboy Willy (Nelson Eddy). It would be their final film together, though both made more films and continued their hectic concert and radio schedules. Binnie Barnes has an especially delightful supporting role and does a jitterbug with Jeanette.
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I MARRIED AN ANGEL shows up on a lot of lists of the worst movies ever made, and the first thing that has to be acknowledged is that it truly is dreadful. As my daughter and I watched this, she kept screaming over and over, "This is so stupid!" And it is. I couldn't tell her that she was wrong. But . . . if you can get past the fact that the plot is absurd and the premise ridiculous, it can provide a lot of fun. The songs are good, even if the context is sometimes dreadful, the singing spirited, and the acting as good as could be expected under the circumstances. And there is a certain bravery everyone displays in carrying the spirit of the thing all the way to the end.
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.
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Combine Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy and a wild dream and what could be more fun?

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.
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