Nina Maria Azara is the beautiful and alluring singing spy for Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Her mission is to seduce French Officers, in order for them to reveal Napolean's intentions ... See full summary »
Robert Z. Leonard
An elderly Miss Morrison recounts her life as the once young and beautiful opera singer Marcia Morney-then the toast of Napoleon III's Paris. One evening, she encounters an American voice student, Paul Allison, and the two unexpectedly fall in love. Unfortunately for her, she has already accepted the marriage proposal of her mentor, Nicolai Nazaroff-more out of obligation than any feeling of love for him. As a result, she breaks off her relationship with Paul, and reluctantly marries Nicolai. After 7 years of marriage, Nicolai sets up Marcia for an engagement performance in the United States of the opera "Tsaritsa". Nicolai signs up Paul as her leading partner, not knowing of Marcia and Paul's past. When he realizes what he has done, Nicolai becomes enraged with jealousy...Written by
This film's initial telecast took place in Chicago Saturday 18 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Seattle 7 July 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Portland OR 27 July 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Phoenix 10 August 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), by Los Angeles 23 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by Cincinnati 4 November 1957 on WLW-T (Channel 5), by Norfolk VA 27 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Philadelphia 6 February 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Cleveland 16 February 1958 on KYW (Channel 3), by Pittsburgh 2 May 1958 on KDKA (Channel 2), and, finally, by New York City 28 March 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2), and, better late than never, by San Francisco 2 December 1960 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »
During the ball scene, Marcia Mornay sings Les filles de Cadiz by Delibes at the command of the Emperor Louis Napoleon. However, the piece was not composed until 1874, whereas Louis reigned from 1852-1870. See more »
Opening credits are shown on the water and on the bark of the trees. See more »
Originally released in Sepia Platinum for Roadshow engagements, this was a process most famously used in the Kansas portions of 'The Wizard of Oz' and the Panama jungle scenes in 'The Sea Hawk' See more »
Because there was nothing suitable in the opera repertoire for a baritone and a soprano to sing together! And Romberg's music wasn't used because it was too expensive; practically everything in the film score was in public domain or composed for the film. Likewise, filming in color was nixed in a cost-cutting move (though, frankly, I can't imagine how this film could be any better in color!) Movie-making is all and always about compromise.
A little research into Herbert Stothart's tonal plan for this film will help you understand it better, if understanding the technicalities will help you appreciate it more. But just enjoy "Maytime" for what it is, not what it isn't. A lovely, opulent, romance treasure. Don't be afraid to like it!
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