The Moliere players are in their dressing room, getting ready to go on set. One actor mentions to another that his face reminds him of an opportunist turncoat he knew when he was in the ... See full summary »
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
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The plot centers around the composition of the "Blue Danube" waltz and its place in the rivalry between Johann Strauss Jr. and his father. While the rivalry between them was real, the "Blue Danube" was composed in 1866; Johann Strauss Sr. died in 1849, and hence could not have been late to the premiere of the "Blue Danube," since he was "late" already. See more »
Young composer Esmond Knight (as Johann "Schani" Strauss) goes to work in a bakery. He meets and falls in love with singer Jessie Matthews (as Rasi). Their relationship must survive interfering father Edmund Gwenn (as Johann Strauss) and tempting older woman Fay Compton (as Helga von Stahl). Watching the bakers toss rolls, as well as mix batter, inspires Mr. Knight to write "Strauss' Great Waltz" (the US title of this film). A full orchestral version of "The Blue Danube" is eventually heard. The British cast and director Alfred Hitchcock have reputations greater than this dull affair.
*** Waltzes from Vienna (3/34) Alfred Hitchcock ~ Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Edmund Gwenn, Fay Compton
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