The Lottery Bride

  • 1930
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

An awful hodge-podge that nearly ended the brief musical era before it really started. MacDonald is a sweet Norwegian girl who is the lottery bride of the brother of the man she loves. The story has more twists than California's Route One with many attempts at comedy (by Joe E. Brown as a bandleader in a nightclub known as "The Jazzy Viking") that all fall...read more

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An awful hodge-podge that nearly ended the brief musical era before it really started. MacDonald is a sweet Norwegian girl who is the lottery bride of the brother of the man she loves. The story has more twists than California's Route One with many attempts at comedy (by Joe E. Brown as a

bandleader in a nightclub known as "The Jazzy Viking") that all fall flat under Stein's heavy-handed direction. Garrick, a handsome British actor recruited from the stage, does what he can with the convoluted material as does Chisholm, playing Garrick's brother. In an attempt to pack a lot of

story and songs into this frozen story, they've made it denser than a glacier, and just about as fast-moving. It's somewhere between an opera and an operation as far as the enjoyment quotient is concerned. Pitts was cute and this film was her watershed in that she was given almost 10 more jobs

that year, but for everyone else, it was a failure and an embarrassment. The lyrics were from hunger, cliche-ridden and exemplifying everything bad about the operetta. Friml's music was as singable as a chorus of burps, and the whole thing is better left in the dim memories of those responsible

for it.

Songs by Rudolph Friml and J. Keirn Brennan include: "You're An Angel," "My Northern Lights," "Come Drink to the Girl that You Love" (sung by chorus), "Yubla" (sung by MacDonald), "My Northern Light" (sung by Garrick, MacDonald), "Round She Whirls" (sung by male chorus), "Shoulder to Shoulder"

(sung by Garrick, Chisholm with male chorus), "High and Low" (sung by chorus), "Napoli" (sung by Macauley), "Two Strong Men" (sung by Gribbon, Brown), "You're an Angel" (sung by Chisholm), "High and Low" reprise (sung by chorus), "I'll Follow the Trail" (sung by Chisholm), and a host of orchestral

music that makes Gregorian chants sound like the lightest Bach fugue in comparison.

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  • Review: An awful hodge-podge that nearly ended the brief musical era before it really started. MacDonald is a sweet Norwegian girl who is the lottery bride of the brother of the man she loves. The story has more twists than California's Route One with many attempt… (more)

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