Maytime (1937)

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An aging opera singer looks back on her long life, including her relationships with her vocal teacher and a student.


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  • Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime (1937)
  • Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime (1937)
  • Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime (1937)
  • Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime (1937)
  • Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime (1937)
  • Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald in Maytime (1937)

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29 October 2002 | DUKEEVERTS
I cried, and cried.
This film should never be remade under any circumstance. You do not mess around with genius. Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald at their very best. When it hits the tube, I get the tissue, lay back in my recliner and watch. And on every occasion, I see something that I had missed before. There is so much love there.

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Trivia

When filming began in 1936 (in color), the original opera finale was also recorded, staged and shot. This was to have been Act II of Giacomo Puccini's "Tosca", one of the few operatic works with major roles for baritone (Scarpia) and soprano as equals (Tosca). It also allowed Jeanette MacDonald to sing the famous aria "Vissi D'arte". By the time shooting recommenced in black and white, this idea was scrapped and replaced with an elaborate fake Russian opera "Czaritza" created by Herbert Stothart to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, presumably to allow for a big Duet (in "Tosca", she murders Scarpia by stabbing him through the heart!). The rewritten story of "Maytime" presumably demanded it. Sadly, the Technicolor "Tosca" sequence does not appear to have survived, which is a pity as it would have been fascinating to see MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in a major operatic sequence and in color.


Goofs

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.


Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on the water and on the bark of the trees.


Alternate Versions

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'


Soundtracks

Plantons da Vigne
(uncredited)
traditional
Sung by
Nelson Eddy

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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