The Girl of the Golden West (1938)
Posted: September 24th, 2012, 5:56 pm
Maybe there is something about Jeanette MacDonald in these rustic settings, but The Girl of the Golden West (1938) and Rose Marie (1936) brought out a likable side to her as an actress and Nelson Eddy (whom I admit liking a bit more than Jeanette). I saw part of the sepia-toned The Girl of the Golden West, directed by Robert Z. Leonard this morning on TCM. It was endearing fun, touching, and creaky, with some lovely musical moments, notably when a piano was brought to the saloon that MacDonald runs, and Eddy sings the Romberg-Kahn ballad, "Who Are We to Say?" The supporting cast was incredible too: Walter Pidgeon as the Sheriff, H.B. Warner as Father Sienna, Leo Carillo, Cliff Edwards, Monty Woolley, and Buddy Ebsen (polishing his rube performance skills for another role decades later). It was a pleasure to see and hear this, and to learn that this film, along with several other Eddy-MacDonald films, are finally on DVD via the Warner Archive. Even if they are delightfully old-fashioned.