GenreDrama, Musical, Romance CinematographyFreddie Young LanguageEnglish
WriterNoel Coward, Lydia Hayward, Monckton Hoffe, Herbert Wilcox Release date31 August 1933 (1933-08-31) CastAnna Neagle, Fernand Gravey, Ivy St Helier (Manon), Esme Percy, Clifford Heatherley Similar moviesRelated Herbert Wilcox movies
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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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Anna Neagle as Sarah Millick / Sari Linden
Fernand Gravey as Carl Linden
Miles Mander as Captain Auguste Lutte
Clifford Heatherley as Herr Schlick
Esme Percy as Hugh Devon
Ivy St. Helier as Manon la Crevette
Gibb McLaughlin as The Footman
Stuart Robertson as Lieutenant Tranisch
Hugh Williams as Vincent
Pat Paterson as Dolly
Patrick Ludlow as Henry
Kay Hammond as Gussi
Miles Malleson as The Butler
Norma Whalley as Mrs. Millick
Al Bowlly as Singer
Nat Gonella as Trumpeter
Alan Napier as Lord Shayne
Lew Stone as Bandleader
Michael Wilding as Extra
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."