The Lottery Bride (1930)

Genres - Musical, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama, Romantic Comedy  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Based on "Bride 66", a tone poem by composer Herbert Stothart, The Lottery Bride takes place in a distinctly Hollywoodized Norway. Ever on the lookout for extra cash, heroine Jenny Swanson (Jeanette MacDonald) coerces her sweetheart Chris Svenson (John Garrick) to participate with her in a three-day marathon race. When the exhausted couple fails to win first prize, Jenny enters herself in a "wife lottery." Though the lucky winner appears to be Chris's older brother, it is actually Chris himself -- but he isn't aware of it, having embarked on a dirigible expedition to the Yukon. Only after surviving a crash landing does Chris return home for a blissful reunion with Jenny. With a plot this silly, why did the producers bother to hire Joe E. Brown and ZaSu Pitts as comedy relief?

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bandleader, contest, dance [art], embezzlement, fugitive, gambling, love, marriage-arranged, nightclub, police, rival, romance, songwriter, bride, brother, lottery, music, musical [play], Northern-Lights