I Married An Angel

Eddy plays Count Willie Palaffi, a bored, very rich playboy and bank owner in Budapest. All the single women in town attend a massive costume party in honor of Willie's birthday, parading before the eligible bachelor in the hope of becoming his bride; however, seeking to escape their attentions, Willie decides to dance with one of his employees, Anna (MacDonald),...read more

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Eddy plays Count Willie Palaffi, a bored, very rich playboy and bank owner in Budapest. All the single women in town attend a massive costume party in honor of Willie's birthday, parading before the eligible bachelor in the hope of becoming his bride; however, seeking to escape their

attentions, Willie decides to dance with one of his employees, Anna (MacDonald), a shy, unassuming girl, costumed as an angel, whom the rest of the guests scorn. After a brief conversation, Willie excuses himself and goes to his room. Falling asleep, he dreams that a beautiful angel with wings and

a halo--named Brigitta, but looking just like Anna--has floated into his room, declaring that she has come to marry him. Soon Willie and his angel are whisked off on a Parisian honeymoon, although on their first night together Brigitta tries to leave him and return to her usual ethereal resting

place. Willie asks her to stay with him, and the next morning she wakes to discover that she has lost her wings.

In 1938, Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers turned this story into a highly successful Broadway musical starring Vera Zorina, whom MGM first wanted to cast here. But Paramount refused to lend Zorina's services. MacDonald and Eddy had their own reservations about the project and, by the time the film

was ready to be shot, it was plagued with problems. Writer Anita Loos was juggling three movies and one Broadway show at the same time, and others were brought in to make revisions. Whatever life was on paper was promptly sliced out. Rodgers and Hart refused to participate, forcing the studio to

employ Bob Wright and Chet Forrest to "adapt" the original songs. Several sequences were cut, including scenes showing that Willie and the angel had children, a notion considered too risque for the screen.

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