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I Married an Angel (1942)

Passed | | Fantasy, Musical, Romance | 9 July 1942 (USA)
A count who ignores an infatuated secretary thinks he has met his match when an angel from Heaven shows up.

Directors:

W.S. Van Dyke (as Maj. W.S. Van Dyke II), Roy Del Ruth (uncredited)

Writers:

Johann von Vásáry (play) (as János Vaszary), Richard Rodgers (musical adaptation for play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Anna / Brigitta
Nelson Eddy ... Count Palaffi
Edward Everett Horton ... Peter
Binnie Barnes ... Peggy
Reginald Owen ... 'Whiskers'
Douglass Dumbrille ... Baron Szigethy
Mona Maris ... Marika
Janis Carter ... Sufi
Inez Cooper ... Iren
Leonid Kinskey ... Zinski
Anne Jeffreys ... Polly
Marion Rosamond Marion Rosamond ... Dolly
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Storyline

Anna Zador is a secretary who's been working for 6 years at Count Willie Palaffi's bank. Every day, she rides to work on her bike and places flowers on Willie's desk, but Willie (the Budapest playboy) doesn't know that she exists. "Whiskers", noticing Anna to be a sweet and beautiful woman, believes she would be the perfect wife for Willie. He insists that Marika (Willie's personal secretary) invite Anna to Willie's costume birthday party - she does so reluctantly for she wants to marry Willie. Marika, knowing Anna is low on cash, offers to help her get a costume. At the party, everyone is dressed elegantly, while Anna is in a simple Angel's outfit. Willie, feeling sorry for her, asks her to dance, but when he sees the guests laughing at them, he makes an excuse and goes upstairs. Upstairs, Willie falls asleep and dreams that an Angel named Brigitta comes to earth to marry him. On their wedding night, Brigitta loses her wings to Willie's delight. He is less delighted when her ... Written by Kelly

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America's Favorite Sweethearts in their final pairing!


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Me casé con un ángel See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Did You Ever Get Stung?" -- a Rodgers and Hart song featured in the 1938-39 Broadway show and performed by Dennis King, Vivienne Segal and Charles Walters -- was revised and retitled "Little Work-a-Day World" for the movie by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest. Ultimately, this number would be cut from the release print. The discarded ditty was among four film songs which Nelson Eddy recorded for the Columbia label on February 1, 1942. (The other cuts were "I Married an Angel," "Spring Is Here" and "I'll Tell the Man in the Street.") The Richard Rodgers tune of another song from the Broadway version of the musical, "At the Roxy Music Hall," was used in the film and retitled "Tira Lira La" with completely new lyrics by Bob Wright and Chet Forrest to replace those of Lorenz Hart. See more »

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Referenced in We Must Have Music (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves)
(1887)
Written by Juventino Rosas
Played as background music at the wedding reception
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Nelson and Jeanette's last film together
20 March 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Based on the Broadway musical, "I Married an Angel" is a fantasy that takes place in Budapest. Released in 1942, it proved to be the last film for Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, as Eddy bought out his contract and left MGM.

The story concerns a secretary, Anna (again MacDonald) who is in love with the her playboy banker boss, Count Pilaffi (Eddy), and has been invited to his birthday party. Because it's a costume party, a jealous girlfriend of the Count's (Mona Maris) makes sure that Anna is in a cheap makeshift angel costume, complete with aluminum wings, one of which falls off, and a halo that hits the Count in the face when he tries to dance with her. After being hit one too many times, the Count excuses himself and goes upstairs, where he falls asleep.

He dreams that an angel, Brigitta (MacDonald again) comes down from heaven to be his wife. She seems perfect, except that she's not used to the ways of the world - polite social talk, for instance - so she tells it like it is, thereby insulting a lot of important people. She gets some lessons from an earthy earth woman (Binnie Barnes) and manages to save the day for her husband.

This film is often criticized by MacDonald-Eddy fans. In truth, MacDonald was never more beautiful, sings well, and Eddy is in fabulous voice. The title song is the big one, along with "Spring is Here." Granted the plot is paper thin, but the couple wasn't known for making heavy movies. Lovely singing, pretty music, a not overly long film, "I Married An Angel" doesn't try to be anything but what it is - light entertainment. Take it on that level, and you won't be disappointed.


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