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The Wedding March (1928)

A young impoverished aristocrat falls in love with an inn-keepers daughter, but has to marry money.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Nicki / Prince Nickolas von Wildeliebe-Rauffenburg
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Mitzi / Mitzerl Schrammell
Matthew Betz ...
Schani Eberle - the Butcher
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Cecelia Schweisser
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Prince Ottokar von Wildeliebe Rauffenburg
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Fortunat Schweisser - the Industrialist
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Katerina Schrammel - Mitzi's mother
Hughie Mack ...
Eberle - the Wine-grower
Cesare Gravina ...
Martin Schrammell - Mitzi's father
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Anton Vaverka ...
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Small Woman at Corpus Christi Procession
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Storyline

Prince Nikki, Lieutenant of the Guard in pre WWI Vienna, is flat broke, but the only advice he gets from his parents is either to shoot himself or to marry money. During the Chorpus Christi parade his horse accidentaly hurts poor Mitzi, the daughter of inn-keepers in a Viennese suburb, who is, according to the wishes of her parents, going to marry the butcher Schani. When Nikki visits her at the hospital, they fall in love, much to the dislike of her parents and Schani. Nikki's parents, meanwhile have arranged a prospective marriage with Cecilia, the limping daughter of a very rich non-aristocratic industrial. Due to the fact, that Nikki's father is a general in the Austrian-Hungarian Army, resitance is useless. When Mitzi, after hearing of it, is still refusing Schani's proposal, he vowes to shoot Nikki when he leaves the church. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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6 October 1928 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hochzeitsmarsch  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System) (musical score and sound effects)|

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(2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)|
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Trivia

According to author Roy Kinnard, when the original $300,000 budget had ballooned to $1,125,000 after nine months of shooting, producer Pat Powers called a halt to the production. See more »

Quotes

Katerina Schrammel - Mitzi's mother: I ain't goin' to let that shirt-chaser ruin Mitzi's chances with Schani!
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Crazy Credits

DEDICATED to the true lovers of the world. E.vS. See more »

Connections

Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Les signes parmi nous (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

PARADISE (The Love Theme)
Music by J.S. Zamecnik
Lyrics by Harry D. Kerr
Copyright 1928 Sam Fox Music Pub. Co.
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19 September 2016 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

The plot and storyline of "The Wedding March" has been done before. Rich boy meets poor girl, rich boy gives up poor girl to marry rich girl - similar to "The Student Prince" without music. Erich von Stroheim looks very young as the prince, Fay Wray looks very pretty as the poor girl, and Zasu Pitts looks like Zasu Pitts as the rich girl. No bad acting performances in this picture as the cast are all very competent. I'm passing on a recap as every reviewer gives one.

What sets "The Wedding March" apart are the sets and the costumes. Scene after scene is meticulously staged for optimum effect, and apparently no expense was spared on either props or costumes. This is part of the reason von Stroheim ran into problems with the heads of several studios, as he usually went way over budget, incurring the wrath of many producers. It is rumored that, for instance, he would insist that extras wear underwear with a royal monogram in his period pieces so that all concerned would feel intimately connected to the production!


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