Strauss' Great Waltz (1934)
"Waltzes from Vienna" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Music, Romance  |  7 April 1935 (USA)
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The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.



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Complete credited cast:
Fay Compton ...
Countess Helga von Stahl
Frank Vosper ...
Prince Gustav
Robert Hale ...
Charles Heslop ...
Hindle Edgar ...
Marcus Barron ...
Betty Huntley-Wright ...
Lady's Maid (as Betty Huntley Wright)


Schani, Johan Strauss Jr., is forced by his father to forget music and to work in a bakery. Here he falls in love with Resi. The girl gets very jealous when a rich and beautiful contessa asks Schani to write a waltz for her. Schani writes and plays it, but he is always loyal to his girlfriend. Written by Claudio Sandrini <>

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Sound Mix:

(British Acoustic Film Full - Range Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first Alfred Hitchcock film to use "stuttering" in dialogue. This idea of stuttering was later used in Hitchcock films like Rope (1948), Strangers on a Train (1951) and Psycho (1960). See more »


The first marriage of Johann Strauss Jr. was to the singer Henrietta Trefz, who was not a baker's daughter. See more »


Featured in Just Because (2010) See more »


Waltz 'Wine, Woman and Song' Op.333
Composed by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauß Jr.)
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Nice, but not very Hitchcockian...
16 March 2003 | by (Santa Barbara, CA) – See all my reviews

In 1933 Hitchcock found himself without a picture to direct and signed on for this unlikely choice of a musical just so he could keep working. That being the case, it probably helps explain why it doesn't seem to have a Hitchcock feel to it or any of the elements you might otherwise expect from the master of suspense. I don't think his heart was really in it. The term musical is a little loosely used as really there are only the Strauss's waltzes for music as there was no money in the budget for any other music. So no one breaks out into song for no reason in this picture. Other than the fact it doesn't seem like a Hitchcock movie, it's a nice little story about the younger Strauss struggling for the respect of his father with a nice bit of romance and jealousy thrown in on the side. The most amusing scene for me was when the younger Strauss was coming up with the music for his waltz at the bakery. I also enjoyed the opening scene of the fire brigade racing to a fire and the "rescue" of the damsel. Apparently there wasn't much of a budget for special effects, because we never actually see the fire. A pleasant enough film, just not very Hitchcockian.

*** (Out of 4)

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