Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald Flying Solo in Classic DVDs

Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, who made eight classic movies together for MGM–from their first appearance as a duo in 1935’s Naughty Marietta to their final pairing seven years later in I Married an Angel–sometimes starred in gems for the studio on their own, and Movies Unlimited is happy to offer four exclusive titles starring the singing duo in solo performances.

The four titles, never before available in DVD, are presented in brand-new pristine prints, examined by Warner’s archival experts to insure a beautiful viewing experience. The four classic MGM musicals are:

The Sun Comes Up (1948) stars Jeanette MacDonald along with legendary cinematic collie Lassie in a fine family film, which finds the singing actress seeking solace after her son dies. She finds it with a young orphan boy and the beloved canine while on retreat in a country cabin. Lloyd Nolan, Claude Jarman, Jr. and Percy Kilbride (“Pa Kettle”) also star; songs include “If You Were Mine” and “Un Bel Di” from Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

And in Three Daring Daughters (1948), Ms. MacDonald plays the divorced magazine editor mother of three girls (one of whom is played by Jane Powell) who is overstressed, needing a vacation. Her daughters decide to see her off on an ocean voyage, but also have the idea that if she’s reunited with her ex-hubby it will help her state of mind. Featuring Spanish conductor/pianist Jose Iturbi, the film offers such songs as “You Made Me Love You,” “Route 66″ and “Where There’s Love.”

The Chocolate Soldier (1941) features Eddy and opera star Rise Stevens as bickering married opera singers. Eddy is jealous of Stevens and she is wary of his indiscretions. Disguising himself as a Russian guardsman to test her, Eddy soon discovers where their true love lies. Songs in this comic operetta include “Come, Come, I Love You Onl” and “My Hero.”

In 1942’s Cairo, music, wartime thrills and comedy make for entertaining cinematic bedfellows. Miss MacDonald plays a wisecracking movie star who hires Robert Young to be her butler while she’s making a movie in London. However, Young turns out to be a newspaper reporter who suspects his new employer is a Nazi spy. Ethel Waters, Reginald Owen, Dooley Wilson (of Casablanca fame) also star; musical numbers include “Avalon,” “Waiting for the Robert E. Lee” and “Home Sweet Home.” One of the comical aspects of Cairo is found in the dialogue when Robert Young asks Jeanette if she was ever in San Fransisco and she quips, “Yes, once with Gable and Tracy and the joint fell apart!”

Slated for release on September 25, 2012 from the vast library of MGM classics, these four films are made available by the Warner Archive Collection, in conjunction with Movies Unlimited.

The four titles can be purchased individually for under $20 each or together in a special limited-time-only discounted set of four for $59.99.

Now, for those Eddy/MacDonald fans out there who love all their screen work, but have a special fondness for the two together, here’s a treat; the 1936 theatrical trailer for Rose Marie:

  • Wayne P.

    Rise Stevens only made one other movie and it was a great classic hit too, Going My Way with Bing Crosby.  Its nice to see this fab pair going off on their own and holding up very well still after all these years!

  • Frankiedc

    My two favorite MacDonald movies are San Francisco with CLark Gable and Spencer Tracey and The FIrefly with Allan Jones. I like the MacDonald/Eddy classics, but he was not a very good actor and was very wooden, especially compared to her animated screen persona. Gable and Tracey were better actors and projected a more masculine presence.  And Allan Jones was a better actor and singer and was certainly much more butch than Eddy. All three of these men demonstrated more screen chemistry with the ebullient MacDonald.

    • jszostaksr

      Frank: I have to really disagree with you about Allan Jones being a better singer than Nelson Eddy.  Eddy also sang in Opera Houses for real, not so Mr. Jones. Jones had a wonderful voice, but most certainly NOT better. Not too sure about his being a better actor eiter…Eddy is pretty good in both ‘Naughty Marietta’ and ‘Maytime’.  But then, that’s my 2 cents worth.

      jszostaksr

  • Marty

    My favorites are any film that Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy are together, hearing their beautiful voices. What a wonderful duo they were.

  • mark

    great to see three daring daughters released, i am a fan of 30’s, 40’s and 50’s movies. Any chance of releasing these 3 warner bros. movies in the future ? Navy blues (1941) and Shine on harvest moon (1944) with Ann Sheridan and The time The place and The girl (1946) with Dennis Morgan.

  • Jhudec

    Growing up in the 50’s and watching The Best of MGM late nite I fell for the MacEddy team and based on there on screen presence I thought they were married to each other. Many years later I read a book by Sharon Rich called Sweethearts I really felt that they even though not married were Hollywoods well kept secret.  Read the book and you’ll find many a story about what was happening during the filming of many of there movies together. The only movie I dont have is The Vagabond King 1929 with Jeanette MacDonald and Dennis King. I’ve written many letters to Turner Movie Classics and know of only one pristine copy that is shown now and again, but thats in Berkley.  She sing Only a Rose with this appearing in color.  Love to see this brought out on DVD in the near future.  Here’s Hoping

  • Pam

    All movies by Jeannette McDonald and Nelson Eddie.

  • Pam

    Order

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