1942 Motion Picture

JimI Married an Angel


1942 Motion Picture

Directed by W.S. Van Dyke II | Screenplay by Anita Loos | Music by Richard Rodgers & Herbert Stothart | Lyrics by Lorenz Hart, Bob Wright & Chet Forrest

Released by MGM Studios on July 9, 1942, the film adaptation of I Married an Angel starred Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. Directed by W.S. Van Dyke II, the film only retained three Rodgers & Hart songs from the original Broadway production: “I’ll Tell the Man in the Street,” “Spring Is Here” and the title song. Bob Wright and Chet Forrest wrote additional lyrics to “Did You Ever Get Stung?” and a few Rodgers & Hart melodies were used as background music. The rest of the score was rounded out with songs by Herbert Stothart, with lyrics by Wright and Forrest.

Reviews for the film were overwhelmingly negative, with most critics railing against the decision to alter the stage show so extensively for the screen. Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote “A more painful and clumsy desecration of a lovely fiction has not been perpetrated in years.” Newsweek said the movie “brings the fantasy down to earth with a thud,” Whittaker Chambers of Time magazine decried the “fantastically mutilated plot,” and Jo Schonfeld of Variety condemned the film as “a slow-moving, poorly acted, expensive production.”