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Bitter Sweet (1940)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 8 November 1940 (USA)
A woman runs away with her music teacher in order to escape an arranged marriage, but they struggle to make ends meet.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke (as W.S. Van Dyke II)

Writers:

Noël Coward (original play) (as Noel Coward), Lesser Samuels (screen play)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Sarah Millick
Nelson Eddy ... Carl Linden
George Sanders ... Baron von Tranisch
Ian Hunter ... Lord Shayne
Felix Bressart ... Max
Edward Ashley ... Harry Daventry
Lynne Carver ... Dolly
Diana Lewis ... Jane
Curt Bois ... Ernst
Fay Holden ... Mrs. Millick
Sig Ruman ... Herr Schlick (as Sig Rumann)
Janet Beecher ... Lady Daventry
Charles Judels ... Herr Wyler
Veda Ann Borg ... Manon
Herman Bing ... Market Keeper
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Storyline

In order to avoid an arranged marriage with a man she doesn't love, Sarah Millick runs off to Vienna with her music teacher, Carl Linden, whom she does love. They are married. In Vienna, they struggle to make a living by making music. Carl writes an operetta and tries to get it produced. They are helped along by Viennese Baron, but his intentions are not honorable. He kills Carl in a sword fight. A big producer does put on the operetta, with Sari in the lead -- but without her husband, it is a bittersweet victory. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Filled with Noel Coward's songs and harmonies of "America's Sweethearts." See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bittersweet See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Except for a few shots where she was doubled by Audrey Scott, Jeanette MacDonald did most of her own horseback riding. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: [over a very sparse dinner] Oh well, maybe it's all for the best. I hear more people die from overeating than from any other cause.
Carl Linden: I bet we'll be immortal, then. I hate Herr Weiller.
Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: I hate the market keeper.
Carl Linden: I hate the landlord.
Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: That's not fair, *I* was going to hate the landlord. *You* hate Herr Weiller again.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on a sewing sampler. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Miracle of Sound (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Zigeuner (The Gypsy)
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Noël Coward
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald in the operetta finale
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a great romantic movie
24 October 2001 | by alonsofSee all my reviews

In the style of the great "Maytime " , director W.S.Van Dyke(San Francisco, Tarzan, the ape man ) adapted the original operetta by Noel Coward . The movie is a glamorous, romantic piece , wiht a magnificent photograhy, wonderful songs and a pair of unforgettable stars, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy . Music, tragedy, love , all the elements are present in this beautiful picture , a joy for the moviegoer .Nelson and Jeanette sang with passion and his magic is beyond the scenes , his magic truly touched our hearts.


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