Warner Home Video has released the final three films in their MGM library starring either Jeanette or Nelson which are being presented on DVD for the first time ever. What’s your favorite movie starring America’s Sweethearts?
From the title of this article, one might think it has something to do with New Moon, Bitter Sweet and I Married An Angel but in truth — that ain’t it. What we’re talking about here is Warner Archive’s release of the last three films in their MGM library starring either Jeanette or Nelson which are being presented on DVD for the first time ever. All three movies couldn’t be more different but they do showcase both iconic stars in their best light.
The Cat And The Fiddle — Exclusive! (1934)
Down-on-his-luck composer Ramon Novarro hopes his new operetta will save him, but a bounced check, an exiting orchestra and cast, and a drunken lead actress could lead to disaster. Enter would-be singer Jeanette MacDonald, who agrees to help Novarro avoid jail. Early MGM musical with Technicolor sequences also stars Frank Morgan; songs include Kern and Harbach’s “The Night Was Made for Love.” 88 min.
The Merry Widow — Exclusive! (1934)
Lavish early MGM musical, based on Franz Lehar’s operetta, stars Jeanette MacDonald as the wealthy patron of a postage stamp European country whose sudden move to Paris throws the nation into a tizzy. Can playboy prince Maurice Chevalier woo her back? Delightful romantic comedy also stars Edward Everett Horton, Una Merkel; songs include “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Vilia,” and “Merry Widow Waltz.” 99 min.
Let Freedom Ring — Exclusive! (1939)
Politics and music mix when Harvard lawyer Nelson Eddy returns to his small Western hometown to find a railroad company muscling in on the townspeople. Eddy disguises himself as “The Hornet” and launches a battle against the evil company and its thugs. Edward Arnold, Virginia Bruce, and Victor McLaglen co-star; tunes include “Dusty Road,” “Love Serenade,” “Home Sweet Home,” and more. 100 min.
Jeanette and Nelson made a lot of beautiful music together. It’s impossible to choose one that stands out above the others, or is it? What’s your favorite MacDonald/Eddy movie?
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