Bitter Sweet (1940)

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A woman runs away with her music teacher in order to escape an arranged marriage, but they struggle to make ends meet.


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9 April 2020 | LeonardKniffel
| MacDonald and Eddy at Their Peak
This movie is notable for pairing the popular duet of Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald with the original play, music, and lyrics of Noel Coward, England's most renowned Renaissance man of the theater. Coward's contempt for unromantic prigs is quite apparent in his portrayal of a Victorian lass and her dashing music teacher. This is my nomination for the best of the Eddy-MacDonald films, especially for the beautiful song "I'll See You Again." Apparently Coward thought the film was a travesty; I enjoyed it. --Musicals on the Silver Screen, American Library Association, 2013

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This film was first telecast in Seattle Monday 1 April 1957 on KING (Channel 5); it first aired in Norfolk VA 11 June 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Philadelphia 12 July 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Los Angeles Friday 19 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Memphis 31 August 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Honolulu 1 September 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Hartford CT 8 September 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in New York City 13 September 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Altoona PA 15 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Binghamton NY 30 October 1957 on WNBF (Channel 12), in Portland OR 15 December 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Miami 25 December 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Indianapolis 20 February 1958 on WLW-I (Channel 13), in Cincinnati 17 March 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in St. Louis 27 March 1958 on KMOX (Channel 4), in Columbus 30 March 1958 on WLW-C and, finally, in San Francisco 12 October 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). At this time, color broadcasting was in its infancy, limited to only a small number of high rated programs, primarily on NBC and NBC affiliated stations, so these film showings were all still in B&W. Viewers were not offered the opportunity to see these films in their original Technicolor until several years later.


Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: Oh well, maybe it's all for the best. I hear more people die from overeating than from any other cause.
Carl Linden: I bet we'll be immortal, then. I hate Herr Weiller.
Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: I hate the market keeper.
Carl Linden: I hate the landlord.
Sarah Millick, later Sari Linden: That's not fair, *I* was going to hate the ...

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on a sewing sampler.


(1929) (uncredited)
Written by
Noël Coward
Played at the party and danced to by the guests


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Drama | Musical | Romance

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