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
One of MGM mogul Irving Thalberg's personal projects, this originally began filming in Technicolor, with Paul Lukas as Nikolai Nazaroff and Frank Morgan as August Archipenko. When Thalberg died, production was halted. When it was able to resume, black and white was selected as a more economical format. Lukas and Morgan were no longer available, so John Barrymore and Herman Bing took over their roles. 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 »
This was the third movie done by the "Singing Sweethearts," and it is often considered to be their best. Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy are in their element in this movie as two "star-cross'd lovers"; her as a poor rich girl, and him as a struggling artist. Together they face obligation, yearning, and revenge, all personified by a wonderful John Barrymore.
The music to this movie is excellent...ranging from a playful "Santa Lucia," to the climactic opera set to Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony. The achingly bittersweet lover's waltz "Will You Remember" and its reprise at the finale is a memorable tune that will have most music lovers humming it for weeks.
A wonderful love story for all time...the finale will leave many in tears. In fact, the finale to this movie is so poignant that many filmmakers still copy the same structure today.
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