Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy MAYTIME Czaritza clip

One of the most powerful love scenes ever filmed was Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in the climax of “Maytime,” the highest-grossing movie worldwide of 1937. It’s a love story of a young opera diva (MacDonald)who marries her voice teacher (John Barrymore, Drew’s grandpa) out of respect despite a 1-day fling with a young baritone (Eddy) who stole her heart. Years pass…now middle-aged, MacDonald is accidentally co-starred with Eddy. Their suppressed passion erupts during a love scene in a live Russian opera performance (“Czaritza,” based on Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony). They kiss…and kiss…and kiss while her jealous husband (Barrymore) watches and seethes, finally understanding why his frigid wife could never love him. Watch the entire clip…and then find the movie either on TCM or from Amazon – – to see how the story ends. For more information on the film, check out or our blog at, to read a comparison between MAYTIME and TITANIC. Entertainment Weekly – you surely missed one of the 50 Sexiest Movies Ever!


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