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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Alfred Hitchcock said about this film " . . . naturally every cut in the film was worked out on script before shooting begins. But more than that, the musical cuts were worked out, too." In certain sequences the images were deliberately cut to conform to the rhythm of the music. Frequently, Hitchcock adds, music can supplement cutting, more especially in quiet scenes where its comment on mood and tone can sometimes be more subtle than the interplay of images which is so important in moments of violence: "Film music and cutting have a great deal in common. The purpose of both is to create tempo and mood of the scene. And, just as the ideal cutting is the kind you don't notice as cutting, so with music". See more »
The first marriage of Johann Strauss Jr. was to the singer Henrietta Trefz, who was not a baker's daughter. 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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