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Magic Night (1932)

Good Night, Vienna (original title)
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Captain Maximilian Schletoff
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Viki
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Frieda
Clive Currie ...
General Schletoff
William Kendall ...
Ernst
Joyce Bland ...
Countess Helga
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Max's Orderly
Herbert Carrick ...
Johann
Clifford Heatherley ...
Donelli
O.B. Clarence ...
Theater Manager
Peggy Cartwright ...
Greta
Muriel Aked ...
Marya
Aubrey Fitzgerald ...
Waiter
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12 September 1932 (UK)  »

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Good Night, Vienna
Music by George Posford
Lyrics by Eric Maschwitz
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More quarreling, less song please!
17 October 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

A piece of froth not without charm - the humour works better than the romance. Given that the whole thing was filmed in three weeks, during the middle of a stage run of a completely different show in which the leading man and lady continued to perform each night, by modern Hollywood standards the picture is probably a minor miracle in itself!

The singing is tuneful and generally convincingly light and impromptu rather than operatic - Vicki singing to herself in the flower-shop is the only number to appear obviously over-dubbed - but there are no immortal melodies. I'm afraid I couldn't have whistled the title song even immediately after the performance.

My favourite scene was probably the spitfire dialogue in the shoe-shop. To modern tastes the film is probably at its most lively during the (brief) section when the principals are in conflict, and tends especially to drag during the musical sections. Overall, I'd say the film was somewhat dated in material and pace, and might have benefited from another ten minutes or so's length to allow the plot a couple more twists! A slight piece, enjoyable as programme filler (which is how I encountered it) but not really worth paying to see in its own right.


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