Happy Birthday Jeanette MacDonald – June 18
Happy Birthday, Jeanette MacDonald! Born today in 1903…106 years young!
For those of you wanting to see some of her films on TCM – nothing today – but starting next week there will be several of her films alone and with Nelson Eddy airing, as part of a month-long tribute to great movie directors – including Woody Van Dyke, who directed most of her MGM hits!
Below is the list of films on the TCM schedule – all times are Eastern. Nelson Eddy, also celebrating a birthday this month – June 29, will be featured in one of his solo films, as noted below. Set your DVRs or VCRs!
The Merry Widow (1934)
PLAYING ON TCM: 06/23/2009 12:00:00 AM
A prince from a small kingdom courts a wealthy widow to keep her money in the country. C AST: Maurice Chevalier, Jeanette MacDonald, Una Merkel. DIR: Ernst Lubitsch. Musical. BW 99 mins.
Naughty Marietta (1935)
PLAYING ON TCM: 06/24/2009 12:00:00 PM
A French princess in Colonial America gets involved with an Indian scout. CAST: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Frank Morgan. DIR: W.S. Van Dyke II. Musical. BW 104 mins.
San Francisco (1936)
PLAYING ON TCM: 06/24/2009 02:00:00 PM
A beautiful singer and a battling priest try to reform a Barbary Coast saloon owner in the days before the big earthquake. CAST: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy. DIR: W.S. Van Dyke II. Epic. BW 115 mins.
PLAYING ON TCM: 06/30/2009 01:30:00 PM
An opera star’s manager tries to stop her romance with a penniless singer. CAST: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, John Barrymore. DIR: Robert Z. Leonard. Musical. BW 132 mins.
Let Freedom Ring (1939)
PLAYING ON TCM: 07/04/2009 08:30:00 AM
A crusader returns to his Western hometown to root out corruption. CAST: Nelson Eddy, Victor McLaglen, Lionel Barrymore. DIR: Jack Conway. Musical. BW 87 mins.
Rose Marie (1936)
PLAYING ON TCM: 07/25/2009 12:15:00 AM
An opera singer goes undercover in the Canadian wilderness to hunt for her criminal brother.
CAST: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, James Stewart. DIR: W. S. Van Dyke II. Musical. BW 111 mins.
The Firefly (1937)
PLAYING ON TCM: 07/25/2009 10:00:00 PM
A Spanish spy masquerades as a singer to sabotage Napoleon’s forces. CAST: Jeanette MacDonald, Allan Jones, Warren William. DIR: Robert Z. Leonard. Musical. BW 130 mins.
NOTE: If you will be in the Los Angeles area on June 28, join us for a special afternoon celebrating the birthdays of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy! Details here!
June 18, 2009 @ 5:19 pm
I signed in for an application for a stamp of Jeanette and Nelson. and I was given the # 266. I forgot my password .I was sent new passwords and none of them let me in, till the last one which is ($D0(!2REReB, ,
I need a shorter password,I could never remember this one,and without a password I cannot possibly order anything.Please can you help me with this dilemna?Forgive an 86 year young lady for troubling you.
June 18, 2009 @ 10:40 pm
This is directed to two very stupid and very disrespectful people – “Harry” & “Max Zook” (!)
I think you are a couple of jerks who know nothing about Jeanette and/or Nelson. Anyone who says Jeanette’s voice is “tinny”, and the other says that standing next to Nelson for 8 yrs. was like standing next to a wooden Indian is nothing but plain stupidity! And Kitty Carlisle – give me a break!
Jeanette and Nelson were magic on the screen together. They had two of the most beautiful voices ever. It makes me sick to see people like you, know-nothings, write in your untrue, rotten statements.
Why don’t you research before you send in your rotten comments? J&N loved each other all of their lives. DO NOT disrespect their memory or their great talent. You and all of your type make me very angry and very sad.
June 18, 2009 @ 10:43 pm
I ALREADY DID – THE ONE ABOVE! I WANT THIS TO GO ON THE JEANETTE B-DAY SITE – WHAT DID I DO WRONG??
June 19, 2009 @ 3:08 am
My Dear Friends/ World.
I am surprised with the comments given by certain people with regards to J&N.
When I watched their movies in 1970’s in Malaysia, I instantly fell in loved and loved to see more.
even my neighbours – Gals yes ! just sneak near my window and listen to their music I played out loud…TRUE!
Thanks to Lincoln Center and Television in Malaysia that I grow-up with this fond memories.
I also try to revert to Christian name as Eddy but I couldn’t at that time because another classmate of mine in St John’s Institution was having the same as Eddy, so you can see how I just loved to hear Nelson Eddy sings such lovely songs like Rose Marie, Falling-In-Love with someone madly, Tramp-Tramp etc….
I just loved to sing his songs! and record with a old tape recorder in Malaysia at that time…but bad quality.
Try listening to Nelson again and you will just love and have a second thought again my friends.
Even, our previous SULTAN of Johore in 1940’s have sent His Excellency wishes of Congratulations and Best Wishes to Jeanette & Nelson (as recorded in TCM!!!)
I am from the younger generations but have grownup and loved all American Silver screen movies and their fantastic Actors and Actress.
Thanks to the team from Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy Blog, website and especially to Sharon & Team for their hardwork for bringing this good memories of J&N forever to the World.
Have A Great Day and stay tune to more J&N.
Eddie from Malaysia