Naughty Marietta is a 1935 movie based on the operetta of the same name by Victor Herbert: Jeanette MacDonald stars as a flirty, flighty Princess who trades places with her maid Marietta in order to avoid an arranged marriage. Instead, she sails for New Orleans and is rescued from pirates by Captain Richard Warrington (Nelson Eddy), with whom she falls in love.
Five of Victor Herbert's most famous songs come from the score of Naughty Marietta, with words by lyricist Rida Johnson Young:
Additional lyrics for several of Herbert's songs were penned for the movie by Gus Kahn. The songs "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life" and "I'm Falling in Love With Someone" were used in the Broadway adaptation of Thoroughly Modern Millie. The film was written by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, John Lee Mahin and Rida Johnson Young. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Douglas Shearer won the Academy Award for Sound for his work on the picture. In 2003 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry.