I Married an Angel

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"America's Favorite Sweethearts in their final pairing!"
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  • 1942
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • 5.7  (567)

"I Married an Angel" is a 1942 musical film directed by W.S. Van Dyke, based on the 1938 Broadway play of the same name by Rodgers and Hart. The film stars Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in their eighth and final film together, as well as Edward Everett Horton. Set in Budapest, the story follows Count Willy Palaffi (Eddy), a wealthy playboy who has been engaged several times but has yet to find true love. He complains to his friend, Peter (Horton), that all women are the same, and that he wishes an angel would come down from heaven and marry him. Little does he know that his wish will come true.

An angel named Brigitta (MacDonald) is sent to Earth by the Heavenly Council to marry Willy, but she is not like any other angel. She has a mischievous and playful personality, and she enjoys doing things that are forbidden in heaven. When she first meets Willy, she disguises herself as a regular woman, and he is immediately smitten with her. They go on a date, and he proposes to her, not realizing that she is actually an angel.

Brigitta accepts his proposal and tells him that she is an angel, but he doesn't believe her. She then shows him some of her powers, like being able to fly, and he starts to believe her. Willy is excited to marry an angel, but he soon realizes that living with an angel is not as easy as he thought it would be. Brigitta has no concept of money, and she spends it freely on things that Willy cannot afford. She also does not understand why humans get upset or angry about things, as she sees everything as a joyous experience.

As Willy and Brigitta's wedding day approaches, they must overcome several obstacles, including disapproving family members and Brigitta's stubbornness. Peter tries to convince Brigitta to change her playful ways and be more serious, but she refuses, saying that she wants to stay true to herself. Willy's uncle, Julius (Reginald Owen), tries to break up the wedding by paying Brigitta to leave Willy and go back to heaven. Brigitta takes the money and disappears, and Willy is heartbroken.

Despite the setbacks, the couple eventually reunites and they realize that they are meant to be together. They marry in a ceremony that includes all of Brigitta's angel friends, who sing a beautiful hymn as the couple exchange their vows. The movie ends with Willy and Brigitta flying off into the sunset, a perfect end to their heavenly romance.

The music in "I Married an Angel" is classic Rodgers and Hart, with songs like "I'll Tell the Man in the Street" and "Spring Is Here" showcasing Eddy and MacDonald's beautiful voices. The dance numbers are also a highlight of the film, with the famous ballet choreographer George Balanchine creating the dance sequences. The chemistry between Eddy and MacDonald is undeniable, and their performances are charming and delightful.

Overall, "I Married an Angel" is a sweet and enchanting musical film that will leave you with a smile on your face. It is a perfect showcase for the talents of its stars, and the whimsical storyline will transport you to a world where love conquers all, even when it comes in the form of an angel.

I Married an Angel is a 1942 romance movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 24 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7.

I Married an Angel
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    5.7  (567)