Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Herbert Wilcox|
|Produced by||Herbert Wilcox|
|Screenplay by|| Lydia Hayward |
|Based on|| Bitter Sweet |
by Noël Coward
|Starring|| Anna Neagle |
Ivy St. Helier
|Music by||Roy Robertson|
|Edited by||Michael Hankinson|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|31 August 1933|
Bitter Sweet is a British musical romance film directed by Herbert Wilcox and released by United Artists in 1933. It was the first film adaptation of Noël Coward's 1929 operetta Bitter Sweet . It starred Anna Neagle and Fernand Gravey, with Ivy St. Helier reviving her stage role as Manon. It was made at Elstree Studios and was part of a boom in operetta films during the 1930s.
It tells the story of Sarah Linden's romance. Sarah, now a gray-haired old woman, tells her story to a girl who is on the eve of marrying an obnoxious man when she is really in love with a musician.
The operetta was remade in 1940 as a film of the same name with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy; however, it was less faithful to the original story than the less censored 1933 version.
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According to Wilcox the film made no profits. He later wrote "it must have been my fault, for surely a better musical play has never been written... perhaps, however, the story is rather too sad for a film."
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This is a summary of 1933 in music in the United Kingdom.
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