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Contrary to popular belief, the Nelson Eddy-Jeanette MacDonald Technicolor confection Nelson Eddy is not based on the 1913 Victor Herbert operetta of the same name (though most of Herbert's songs remain intact), but a Dorothy Parker-Alan Campbell brainstorm about a popular Broadway singing duo, starring in a long-running production of Nelson Eddy. The early portions of the film take place during a purported presentation of the Herbert piece, with Eddy and MacDonald singing their hearts out and Ray Bolger providing comic relief. We then segue into a long sequence wherein producer Frank Morgan, celebrating Nelson Eddy's six-year run, insists that Eddy and MacDonald attend a lavish party, where the weary performers are called upon to continue singing throughout the evening. Hoping for a few moments alone after escaping the party, Eddy and MacDonald are besieged at their apartment by friends, co-workers, hangers-on and sponging relatives. Seeking peace and quiet, the couple agrees to leave Nelson Eddy for the comparative calm of Hollywood. But their entourage, fearing that they'll lose their meal ticket if Eddy and MacDonald leave New York, arrange to inaugurate two profitable road companies of Nelson Eddy by contriving to split up the loving couple. Cleverly sidestepping the sugary sweet sentimentality that one might expect from an MGM musical of the era, the delightful Nelson Eddy is hampered only by its overlength. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oliver Marsh Honorary and Other Awards 1938 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Douglas Shearer Best Sound 1938 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Herbert Stothart Best Score 1938 Nominee

Cast

Jeanette MacDonald
as Gwen Marlowe
Nelson Eddy
as Ernest Lane
Frank Morgan
as Felix Lehman
Ray Bolger
as Hans the Dancer
Florence Rice
as Kay Jordan
Mischa Auer
as Leo Kronk
Herman Bing
as Oscar Engel
Reginald Gardiner
as Norman Trumpett
Fay Holden
as Hannah the Dresser
Allyn Joslyn
as Dink Rogers
Gene Lockhart
as Augustus Marlowe
Kathleen Lockhart
as Aunt Amelia Lane
Berton Churchill
as Sheridan Lane
Terry Kilburn
as Gwen's brother
Raymond Walburn
as Orlando Lane
Douglas McPhail
as Harvey Horton
Betty Jaynes
as Una Wilson
George Barbier
as Benjamin Silver
Irving Bacon
as Assistant Director
Don Barclay
as Taxi Driver from Bridgeport
Wilson Benge
as 2nd Valet to Ernest
Dorothy Christy
Jimmy Conlin
as Property Man
George Cooper
Hal K. Dawson
as Morty
Joe Devlin
as New York Taxi Driver
Lester Dorr
as Dance Director
Edward Earle
George Ernest
as 1st Call Boy
James Farley
as Carriage Starter
James Flavin
as Theater Doorman
Jack Gardner
as Reporter
Jack George
as Violinist
Forrester Harvey
as Tailor's Assistant
Grace Hayle
as Telephone Operator
Margaret Irving
as Madame
David Kerman
Philip Loeb
as Samuel Silver
Mira McKinney
Frank Mills
as Electrician
Bruce Mitchell
as Stage Hand
Emory Parnell
as Fire Inspector
Barbara Pepper
Lee Phelps
as Doorman at St. Regis
Dick Rich
Cyril Ring
as Waiter
Ralph Sanford
as Stage Hand
Edwin Stanley
Richard Tucker
Gayne Whitman
as Commentator
Brent Sargent
as Men in Lobby
Lucile Watson
as Mrs. Marlowe
Olin Howland
as Appleby the Box Office Man
Bruce Mitchell
as Stage Hand
Gayne Whitman
as Commentator
Emory Parnell
as Fire Inspector
Lucile Watson
as Mrs. Marlowe
Margaret Irving
as Madame
Brent Sargent
as Men in Lobby
Cyril Ring
as Waiter
George Ernest
as 1st Call Boy
Lester Dorr
as Dance Director
Jimmy Conlin
as Property Man
Irving Bacon
as Assistant Director
Ralph Sanford
as Stage Hand
Frank Mills
as Electrician
Forrester Harvey
as Tailor's Assistant
Don Barclay
as Taxi Driver from Bridgeport
Jack Gardner
as Reporter
Joe Devlin
as New York Taxi Driver
Grace Hayle
as Telephone Operator
Hal K. Dawson
as Morty
Jack George
as Violinist
Wilson Benge
as 2nd Valet to Ernest
James Flavin
as Theater Doorman
Lee Phelps
as Doorman at St. Regis
Philip Loeb
as Samuel Silver
James Farley
as Carriage Starter

Crew

W.S. Van Dyke
Director
Hunt Stromberg
Producer
Dorothy Parker
Screenwriter
Oliver Marsh
Cinematographer
Herbert Stothart
Composer (Music Score)
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Adrian
Costume Designer
Slavko Vorkapich
Special Effects
Albertina Rasch
Choreography
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