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All things that spell ENTERTAINMENT for you are crammed into this spectacular dramatic romance!

Sundered lovers meet again amid tragic irony at a mining camp in northern Norway.

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Based on the Rudolf Friml musical, this film was for years only available in a cut down 67-minute version but in 2011 the complete 80-minute version with the original Technicolor ending was shown on TCM. The film has Jeanette MacDonald playing Jenny, a woman who offers herself up as a lottery bride, which causes her to lose her true love (John Garrick) when the man’s brother (Robert Chisholm) wins her.

THE LOTTERY BRIDE is a pretty forgettable movie in terms of story but there’s no denying that it has a very strong cast and the final reel being in color is also a major plus. This was the only film produced by Arthur Hammerstein and the musical numbers are certainly…

I just happened to come across this movie on dvd at a thrift shop. I think this is the first operetta I’ve ever seen that features a zeppelin crash. The actors have great voices, but I doubt I’ll ever watch this again.

Not a shining example of the value of a film archive. A fairly plain, rather boring romance with some pretty terrible musical numbers. There’s a great shot wherein the camera moves across a dance floor, and the end has some decent effects (both in miniatures and an optical sequence), but in the end this is almost entirely forgettable.

A rote, carelessly directed ’30s musical, in which Jeanette MacDonald outshines the entire supporting cast (particularly her leading man, John Garrick, who has zero acting ability and even less charisma). The songs are the kind of tuneless, operatic screeching that I hate in early musicals, and they could have been cut entirely without sacrificing narrative integrity in the least. Joe E. Brown’s comic relief character is not remotely funny (to be fair, his jokes are meant to be bad, but he’s not even funny on the level of a character who tries to be funny but isn’t, and his catch phrase, “Let it lay,” is annoying as well as grammatically incorrect), and his relationship with Zasu Pitts is weirdly underdeveloped (though I did watch the Kino DVD version, which is 12 minutes shorter than the original release, so maybe the missing footage expands their roles).

Interesting story but not carried off very well.

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Sundered lovers meet again amid tragic irony at a mining camp in northern Norway.

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