The Girl of the Golden West

This musical mustanger with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy finds the stars not only out of their element, but hemmed in by a two-hour melange of the great outdoors, Mexican bandits, early Spanish-Californian atmosphere and musical boredom. It's 45 minutes before the stellar pair meet up for the first time, and half as long before MacDonald makes her first appearance.

With:
Jeanette MacDonald Nelson Eddy Walter Pidgeon Leo Carrillo Buddy Ebsen Leonard Penn

This musical mustanger with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy finds the stars not only out of their element, but hemmed in by a two-hour melange of the great outdoors, Mexican bandits, early Spanish-Californian atmosphere and musical boredom. It’s 45 minutes before the stellar pair meet up for the first time, and half as long before MacDonald makes her first appearance.

The Girl of the Golden West is from an old David Belasco play, authored and produced by him in 1905.

MacDonald is rarely convincing as The Girl who runs the mining town’s lone saloon, and Nelson Eddy is a creampuff Mexican bad man. Walter Pidgeon as the lovesick sheriff is another miss-out.

Sigmund Romberg score allows for but two duets by the stars, ‘Who Are We to Say?’ and ‘Dance with Me, My Love’, a sort of tango ballad. ‘Mariachie’ is the sock production number, quite well done in the governor’s Spanish courtyard as part of the annual rancho fiesta.

The Girl of the Golden West

Production: M-G-M. Director Robert Z. Leonard; Producer William Anthony McGuire; Screenplay Isabel Dawn, Boyce DeGaw; Camera Oliver T. Marsh; Editor W. Donn Hayes; Music Sigmund Romberg; Art Director Cedric Gibbons

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 120 MIN.

With: Jeanette MacDonald Nelson Eddy Walter Pidgeon Leo Carrillo Buddy Ebsen Leonard Penn

More Film

  • Les Arcs Film Festival

    Les Arcs European Film Festival's Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

    This musical mustanger with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy finds the stars not only out of their element, but hemmed in by a two-hour melange of the great outdoors, Mexican bandits, early Spanish-Californian atmosphere and musical boredom. It’s 45 minutes before the stellar pair meet up for the first time, and half as long before […]

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Rockets to $215 Million Opening Weekend

    This musical mustanger with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy finds the stars not only out of their element, but hemmed in by a two-hour melange of the great outdoors, Mexican bandits, early Spanish-Californian atmosphere and musical boredom. It’s 45 minutes before the stellar pair meet up for the first time, and half as long before […]

  • Disney-Fox Deal Sets Up Scramble for

    Disney-Fox Deal Unleashes Flood of Free-Agent Executives, Talent

    This musical mustanger with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy finds the stars not only out of their element, but hemmed in by a two-hour melange of the great outdoors, Mexican bandits, early Spanish-Californian atmosphere and musical boredom. It’s 45 minutes before the stellar pair meet up for the first time, and half as long before […]

  • Anita Hill

    Anita Hill Chairs Hollywood Anti-Sexual Harassment Commission Formed by Top Execs

    This musical mustanger with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy finds the stars not only out of their element, but hemmed in by a two-hour melange of the great outdoors, Mexican bandits, early Spanish-Californian atmosphere and musical boredom. It’s 45 minutes before the stellar pair meet up for the first time, and half as long before […]

  • Warren Beatty

    Arnon Milchan Sues Warren Beatty Over 'Rules Don't Apply' Flop

    This musical mustanger with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy finds the stars not only out of their element, but hemmed in by a two-hour melange of the great outdoors, Mexican bandits, early Spanish-Californian atmosphere and musical boredom. It’s 45 minutes before the stellar pair meet up for the first time, and half as long before […]

  • Oscar Isaac Addams Family

    Oscar Isaac in Talks to Voice Gomez Addams in Animated 'Addams Family' Movie

    This musical mustanger with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy finds the stars not only out of their element, but hemmed in by a two-hour melange of the great outdoors, Mexican bandits, early Spanish-Californian atmosphere and musical boredom. It’s 45 minutes before the stellar pair meet up for the first time, and half as long before […]

  • Jennifer Lawrence

    Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

    This musical mustanger with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy finds the stars not only out of their element, but hemmed in by a two-hour melange of the great outdoors, Mexican bandits, early Spanish-Californian atmosphere and musical boredom. It’s 45 minutes before the stellar pair meet up for the first time, and half as long before […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content