Bitter Sweet (1933 film)

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Bitter Sweet
Bitter Sweet (1933 film) poster.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Produced by Herbert Wilcox
Written by Play:
Noël Coward
Lydia Hayward
Monckton Hoffe
Herbert Wilcox
Starring Anna Neagle
Fernand Gravey
Esme Percy
Clifford Heatherley
Ivy St. Helier
Music by Roy Robertson
Cinematography Freddie Young
Edited by Michael Hankinson
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
31 August 1933 (1933-08-31)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £500,000[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]



  1. ^ Elstree Versus Hollywood Film Citadel Challenged By Recent British Productions The Times of India (1861-current) [New Delhi, India] 18 November 1933: pg 18.
  2. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (24 August 1933). "Movie Review - Bitter Sweet - Many Stars of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Firmament In the Film Version of "Dinner at Eight"". Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bitter Sweet (1940)". Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 

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