Recently I saw "Maytime
" (1937) and I've confirmed it's still definitely my very favorite film of the MacDonald and Eddy team. The story is touching and believable; Eddy is in fine form and gives a sincere performance as the idealistic baritone; Jeanette is simply radiant and gives a luminous portrayal of Prima Donna Marcia Mornay; also, she's seldom looked so beautiful and handsomely attired on screen in those Empress Eugenie gowns; the cinematography is gorgeous; John Barrymore is more restrained as usual. I wish Warner would release a Super De Luxe DVD collection of the Mac Donald-Eddy films...
I had the good fortune of seeing Maytime
on the big screen last May. I took a friend with whom I've been sharing classic films for forty years now. Even so, I was a little hestitant, as MacDonald/Eddy films can be an acquired taste. My friend is a musician -- so I hoped she wouldn't be offended by the irreverant use of classical music. No worries, we were both delighted by movie. Maytime
was a Thalberg production, and shooting had already begun -- in Technicolor -- when Mr. Thalberg died. Production came to a halt, all footage was scrapped; eventually starting up again (with lesser budget and black and white film stock) under Hunt Stromberg. Legend is that one of the scenes lost was Act II of Puccini's Tosca
-- presumably MacDonald singing the famous aria "Vissi D'Arte". She was thrilled to do this, and sorry that it never hit the screen. I too would like to see a Super De Luxe DVD of this, and fantasize that some of this cut footage could be included as supplmental material.