Director: Robert Z. Leonard Cast: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, John Barrymore

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The third of MGM's profitable Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy songfests, Maytime opens in the early 20th century, with a young girl arguing with her boyfriend over her wishes to become an opera singer. The girl's neighbor, a lonely old woman whom we gradually recognize as a convincingly "aged" Jeanette MacDonald, tells the girl of her own career in opera. The old lady was once the radiant young diva Marcia Mornay. In 1868 she was the toast of Europe, thanks to the tutelage of her voice instructor Nikolai Nazarov (John Barrymore). He proposes marriage, and Marcia accepts, more out of gratitude than love. In a euphoric pre-nuptial state, Marcia finds herself on Paris' Left Bank, where she meets handsome café crooner Paul Allison (Nelson Eddy). They meet again at a lavish Maytime festival, falling in love (to the accompaniment of Sigmund Romberg's most dazzling duets) in the process. Sadly, Marcia returns to Nazarov, while Paul goes off to America to lick his wounds. Seven years later, Marcia, making her New York debut in a fictional opera based on the works of Tchaikovsky, finds that the leading baritone is none other than Paul. Unable to envision life without her new love, Marcia begs Nazarov for a divorce. He smiles slyly and promises to give her her freedom-whereupon he heads to Paul's apartment and kills the poor fellow. The flashback done, Marcia advises her pretty young neighbor that one can never have both love and a career. Out of tragedy grows the happy ending, in which the spirit of the now-deceased Marcia is reunited with Paul in a blossom-filled Hereafter. On paper, Maytime may seem to be the ultimate in Hoke, but even in recent revival showings the film never fails to cast its spell over an audience.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/10/2012
UPC: 0883316505922
Original Release: 1937
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:11:00
Sales rank: 2,021

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanette MacDonald Marcia Morney/Miss Morrison
Nelson Eddy Paul Allison
John Barrymore Nicolai Nazaroff
Herman Bing August Archipenko
Tom Brown Kip Stuart
Lynne Carver Barbara Roberts
Rafaela Ottiano Ellen
Charles Judels Cabby
Paul Porcasi Composer Trentini
Sig Rumann Fanchon
Walter Kingsford Rudyard
Edgar Norton Secretary
Guy Bates Post Emperor Louis Napoleon
Anna Demetrio Mme. Fanchon
Mariska Aldrich Opera Contralto
Agostino Borgato Actor
Barlowe Borland Stage Doorman
Joan Breslau Queen of the May
Maurice Cass Opera House Manager
Allen Cavan Actor
Luke Cosgrave Actor
Don Cossack Chorus Singer
Paul Cremonesi Opera Critic
Guy D'Ennery Aide
George Davis Usher
Sarah Edwards Actor
Frank Elliott Aide
Harold Entwistle Roues
Robert C. Fischer Opera Director
Christian J. Frank Gendarme
Fred Graham Actor
Grace Hayle Actor
Arthur Stuart Hull Actor
Brandon Hurst Master of Ceremonies
Hans Joby Doctor
Claude King Noble
Adia Kuznetzoff Student in Cafe,Dubrovsky, Czaritza's Minister
Gus Leonard Concierge
John Le Sueur Maypole Dancer
George London "Les Huguenots" Chorus
Eric Lonsdale Actor
Jacques Lory Drunk
Francisco Maran Gendarme
Belle Mitchell Maid
Alberto Morin Student
Jack Murphy Actor
Forbes Murray Aide
Frank O'Connor Servant
Helen Parrish "Merry Month of May" Singers
Albert Pollet Cabbie
Charles Requa Stage Manager
Henry Roquemore Publicity Man
Christian Rub Sleeper outside Cafe
Jose Rubio Actor
Oscar Rudolph Actor
Alexander Schoenberg French Proprietor
Frank Sheridan O'Brien, a Director
Buster Slaven Actor
Pat Somerset Gossiper
Bernard Suss Assistant Manager
Bobby Watson Actor
Delmar Watson Actor
Paul Weigel Prompter
Ben Welden Actor
Clarence H. Wilson Waiter
Ian Wolfe Court Official
Douglas Wood Massilon, Hotel Manager
Armand "Curly" Wright Bow-and-Arrow Stand Man
Blair Davies Actor
Genaro Spagnoli Chef
Herta Lind Peasant
Sidney Jarvis Actor
Iphigenie Castiglioni Empress Eugenie
Harlan Briggs Bearded Director
Billy Gilbert Drunk in Cafe
Harry Hayden Opera Director
Howard Hickman Opera Director
Russell Hicks Monsieur Bulliet
Leonid Kinskey Student in Bar
Frank Puglia Orchestra Conductor
Ivan Lebedeff Empress' Dinner Companion

Technical Credits
Robert Z. Leonard Director,Producer
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Frederic Hope Art Director
Noel Langley Screenwriter
Oliver Marsh Cinematographer
Conrad A. Nervig Editor
Val Raset Choreography
Herbert Stothart Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Hunt Stromberg Producer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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