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      I Married an Angel

      Released Jul 9, 1942 1h 24m Musical List
      Reviews 21% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Anna Zador (Jeanette MacDonald) has been in love with Count Willie Palaffi (Nelson Eddy) for six years, but he has never shown an interest in her, for she is just a lowly secretary at his bank. Willie believes the only woman good enough for him would be an angel descended from heaven. So, when an actual angel shows up, Willie thinks he has found his match. However, in a case of "be careful what you wish for," he learns that having an angel for a wife is more troublesome than he'd imagined. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Jose Maria Santos Cine-Mundial The plot, highlighted by beautiful musical numbers, is more than enough to arouse the curiosity and enthusiasm of the public. [Full Review in Spanish] Sep 12, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Much of this film is a surrealistic dream sequence, which the movie may not have made clear enough. Watching this a second time usually brings clarity to plot development, although this one will never win on plot points. The strength of I Married An Angel is in the leading actors. Jeannette McDonald is exuberant beyond words here and Nelson Eddy fits as the object of her affections. Their songs, as usual, are pop songs (add a beat and many of these would be rock and roll), but the natural way McDonald and Eddy approach their musical roles is magical everytime they do it. Their movies in the 1930s saved MGM from bankruptcy; even in this lesser known vehicle, we can see and hear why. This is musical heaven. To a boy who was born decades later and raised on rock n roll, this music just fills my entire body with warmth and happiness. That is the gift of McDonald. It's extremely unfortunate Louie B. Mayer could not handle McDonald and Eddy better, but this is a topic in MGM and Mayer biographies. McDonald and Eddy deserved better movies with higher production values; this would have paid off in great measure for the studio. The two wonderful songs in this film are worth the perfect rating I'm giving it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Bizarre MacDonald-Eddy MGM musical (their last one together) is a bowdlerized adaptation of the Rodgers and Hart stage hit; the film retains the title song and "Spring Is Here." Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member last pairing of macdonald and eddy Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member It's a musical showcase,. It has a great cast of characters. The musical numbers are fantastic and the comedic moments made me chuckle! Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Although I MARRIED AN ANGEL was adapted from a successful Broadway musical - it flopped at the box office and marked the end of the string of films which co-starred Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. It was reasoned that movie audiences by this time wanted to hear a more contemporary sound rather than the operatic style belted out by the dynamic duo. It's also reasoned that the Hayes Codes caused the filmmakers to make considerable cuts and tone down some of the more "racier" elements of the Broadway play - which is somewhat of a cop out methinks because there were some excellent films made in spite of the Hayes codes (THE LADY EVE for example). I think the elements were certainly in place for this to have been a potentially very good film - but the execution just wasn't quite there. Something about the timing or rhythm to the comedy just feels off overall. It could be the editing - especially noticeable in the early scenes when footage of lowly bank secretary, Anna Zador (MacDonald) and playboy bank president, Willie Palaffi (Eddy) are spliced together to make it seem that they are in the scene together when you know they were not. The sets and costumes are as elaborate as any of the previous MacDonald/Eddy outings. The costume ball scene is very well staged and MGM spared no expenses in that regard. The slinky costumes worn by actresses Mona Maris, Janis Carter and Inez Cooper during their musical number - "Tira Lira La" are especially sexy (um, what Hayes codes?...I told you it could be done, didn't I?) I though there was a nice fantasy sequence as the angel Brigitta (also played by MacDonald) descends from heaven and all the flowers and some of the furniture in the room bows down to her. It was also fun to watch Jeanette MacDonald channel Marlene Deitrich during another musical number later in the film. The film also seemed that it could have been a throwback to Jeanette MacDonald's earlier films directed by Ernst Lubitsch (ONE HOUR WITH YOU or THE LOVE PARADE.) No, I MARRIED AN ANGEL doesn't touch the greatness of those two earlier films (and which made me a big fan of Jeanette MacDonald btw) but the POTENTIAL was there. ( sigh ) Too bad. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie was okay because of the handsome Nelson Eddy but I didn't like the story that much. The whole assistant who loves her boss aspect of the story is okay, I've seen that before, but what I didn't like was that he was dreaming the whole movie. It took away from the movie that everything after the first 30 minutes was just a dream of his. Some of the musical numbers were good, the actors sing beautifully. Even with its good parts, I just didn't like the direction the story went into. Surprised that I was disappointed it being deemed a classic. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Anna Zador (Jeanette MacDonald) has been in love with Count Willie Palaffi (Nelson Eddy) for six years, but he has never shown an interest in her, for she is just a lowly secretary at his bank. Willie believes the only woman good enough for him would be an angel descended from heaven. So, when an actual angel shows up, Willie thinks he has found his match. However, in a case of "be careful what you wish for," he learns that having an angel for a wife is more troublesome than he'd imagined.
      Director
      W. S. Van Dyke II
      Producer
      Hunt Stromberg
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Musical
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 9, 1942, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 1, 2012
      Runtime
      1h 24m
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