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

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The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

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Jessie Matthews ...
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Countess Helga von Stahl
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Frank Vosper ...
Prince Gustav
Robert Hale ...
Ebezeder
Charles Heslop ...
Valet
Hindle Edgar ...
Leopold
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Drexter
Betty Huntley-Wright ...
Lady's Maid (as Betty Huntley Wright)
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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 <pulp99@geocities.com>

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(British Acoustic Film Full - Range Recording)

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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 »

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

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Version of The Great Waltz (1972) See more »

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Waltz 'Vienna Blood' Op.354
Composed by Johann Strauß (as Johann Strauß Jr.)
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No Heart In This Assignment
23 October 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Strauss's Great Waltz will go down as your most atypical Alfred Hitchcock film. Mainly because at this time he was not an icon in the film profession but a contract director Gaumont-British Pictures. The Hitchcock stamp is definitely not on this one.

But it is the only musical in his career so you would think something better would have come from it, especially since he had the United Kingdom's number one musical star at the time Jessie Matthews. Who has no real musical numbers, talk about strange. Her singing and dancing talents may have been left on the cutting room floor.

The story was covered far better in MGM's high gloss film, The Great Waltz. Young Johann Strauss, Jr. is considered by his father to be the least promising of his offspring and the senior Strauss Edmund Gwenn ridicules his efforts at composing at every opportunity. Young Strauss who is Esmond Knight in this film has even gone to work in a bakery, in real life Strauss wanted his son to be a banker.

Countess Fay Compton however encourages Knight's genius and we all know what happened after that.

The musical with book and lyrics by Guy Bolton had a nice run on the London Stage. Obviously Hitchcock just didn't have his heart in this assignment and sadly the results show.


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