Jeanette MacDonald “Naughty Marietta” Paper Doll

JEANETTE MAC DONALD was born in Philadelphia and as early as she was able to think of anything seriously, she had ambitions to become a singer or dancer. It was Ned Wayburn of Broadway fame who first gave her opportunity and encouragement. From his revues she graduated to a small part in “Irene,” famous musical success. Eventually she earned a screen test and was selected by Ernst Lubitch for the lead in “The Love Parade.” She was an instant success. Her glorious voice created a new vogue in musical pictures and she was starred in many, among them being “The Vagabond King” and “Love Me Tonight.” She now is under contract with MGM and stars in Victor Herbert’s operetta, “Naughty Marietta.”

2. Knife pleating features this long tunic evening gown from the personal wardrobe of Jeanette MacDonald. It is of rose beige crepe. The overskirt ties at the waist and rows of pleating trim the neckline front and back.


1. An evening gown of white crepe with unusual three-quarter tunic interpretation. It is worn with a pale blue chiffon drape, muffler effect, about the throat.


3. The old fashioned bertha collar and basque waist of yesteryear are modernized in this lovely creation of heavy candy striped taffeta.

4. Charm is the keynote of this blister organdy gown. The dress is featured by its pleated ruffles around the hem and shoulders and the hand embroidered floral decorations on the skirt.

5. This beautiful creation is one of the lovely costumes worn by Miss MacDonald in her screen version of Victor Herbert’s operetta, “Naughty Marietta.” It is of turquoise blue taffeta and white organza. The plumed hat and an old fashioned necklace may be worn with this costume.

6. This luxurious gown is the last word in style and comfort. The blouse is made of gold metallic cloth with full, flowing sleeves. The tiny pleatings at cuff and shoulder and large black buttons are its only decorations. The skirt is of black slipper satin.

The Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas) Apr 28, 1935

From the Brownsville Herald (Texas) April 28, 1935


‘Naughty Marietta’ Takes On New Life in Hands of Personable Opera Star


FOR NEARLY three years Nelson Eddy has been drawing salary at M-G-M and exercising his voice everywhere but on the screen. Yesterday at Fox Oakland he stepped forth to make his debut and a triumph simultaneously in “Naughty Marietta,” the old Victor Herbert operetta with Jeanette MacDonald.

As proof of the vocal charm of Eddy and Miss MacDonald, even the reiterated “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life,” which has been dinned into the ears of radio listeners since the days of the crystal sets, takes on new life and excitement and the other Herbert numbers are equally well treated.

Eddy is a personable fellow, not as yet a good actor, but an excellent singer and the possessor of a forthright screen personality. He rambles through the role of the bluff young scout of pioneer days, handles the romantic assignment easily and makes one wonder why M-G-M has been hiding him.

Miss MacDonald does not fare so well in the role that was originally made famous by Emma Trentini. Perhaps she was worried by the traditions surrounding it, perhaps the presence of an established opera star opposite her instead of a music hall Chevalier, bothered her. At all events most of her singing seemed strained and over-eager.

But whether she is easy or not in all of the Herbert score, she makes and attractive picture as the princess who ran away from it all to marry a commoner. She plays the role naturally and with restrained light comedy, she is properly plaintive in her troublous moments and she goes into pretty rages when things do not please her.

“Naughty Marietta” will come as a boon to the lovers of Herbert music. In the balmiest days of the stage it never ______ed a production comparable with this one that Hollywood turned out, for which due praise should be accorded the versatile W.S. VanDyke. He took no liberties with Herbert yet he preserved an up-to-date outlook.

“Naughty Marietta” gets under way in France where a rebellious princess is standing out against the King who would force her into a marriage of convenience in order that he may force her into attendance at Versailles. She flees the country, disguised as a scullery maid on the boat that is taking a load of prospective brides to the pioneers of New Orleans.

There after many adventures with pirates, scouts, the king’s men and frontier marionettes, she does a second escape with the man she loves, and the distant wilderness as a goal. “Naughty Marietta” covers a lot of territory and VanDyke’s only fault was in the cutting room where he permitted the story to run too long.

Some of the memorable songs in “Naughty Marietta” are the familiar Italian Street song, “Chansonette” in which Miss MacDonald did especially well, “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp” a lusty marching song, and “I’m Falling in Love With Some One.” While the picture is essentially a musical there are chuckles too with Frank Morgan and Elsa Lanchester attending to them.

A color cartoon dealing with the adventures of calico warriors; Clark and McCullough in one of their moments of madness and the usual short subjects complete a long bill but a melodious one.

Oakland Tribune (Oakland, California) Apr 29, 1935

From the Brownsville Herald (Texas) April 1935

Here is a YouTube video clip from Naughty Marietta, with Jeanette McDonald and Nelson Eddy singing, “Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life.”

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