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The Night Is Young (1935)

Passed | | Romance, Musical, Drama | 11 January 1935 (USA)
Austrian Emperor Franz Josef has arranged a marriage for his nephew, the Archduke Paul Gustave - nicknamed Gustl - to the suitable Princess Matilda, a woman Gustl can't even remember. He is... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Katherine Anne 'Lisl' Gluck
Willy Fitch
Fanni Kerner
Baron Szereny
Toni Berngruber
Countess Zarika Rafay
Mitzi ...
Mitzi - A Horse
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Unger


Austrian Emperor Franz Josef has arranged a marriage for his nephew, the Archduke Paul Gustave - nicknamed Gustl - to the suitable Princess Matilda, a woman Gustl can't even remember. He is instead in love with the Hungarian Countess Zarika Rafay, which Gustl can't tell his uncle since he disapproves of her family. The Emperor will allow Gustl to sow his wild oats before getting married, but that woman needs to be someone "harmless" outside of the royal circle. Since they discuss this situation while at the ballet, Gustl instead tells the Emperor that he is in love with one of the ballerinas, and the one he has chosen somewhat at random is the always distracted Lisl Gluck, who is considered the worst dancer in the company since she is always staring at the man she intends to marry, the ballet company's piano accompanist Toni Berngruber. When Gustl summons Lisl, she is relieved to learn his true intentions - that she is just a front while he cavorts secretly with the Countess (although... Written by Huggo

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Romance | Musical | Drama


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Release Date:

11 January 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En los tiempos del vals  »

Box Office


$573,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The following actors are listed in studio records as appearing in this film, but were not seen in the print: Josef Swickard as the doctor, Billy Gilbert and Cecilia Parker. 'Stuart Erwin (I)' was listed as an actor in a Hollywood Reporter production chart, but he was not seen in the film either. See more »


Archduke Paul 'Gustl' Gustave: Did someone tell you?
Elizabeth Katherine Anne 'Lisl' Gluck: When a woman knows a man, as I know you, she doesn't have to be told. There isn't a look in your eye that I don't know. There isn't a turn of your head that doesn't mean - something to me.
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My Old Mare
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Sigmund Romberg
Libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Charles Butterworth with Una Merkel
Played as background music often
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An outstanding example of its genre
5 April 2006 | by (VA, United States) – See all my reviews

Thank heavens for TCM! I stumbled on this movie half way through and was instantly captivated. I immediately recognized Ramon Novarro but I was completely mystified as to who the fantastic lead was. Couldn't break away to google the movie until now and have learned that the beautiful and talented lead was played by Evelyn Laye. She puts Ginger and Jeannette to shame- a lovely voice and such a natural actress on screen. Apparently she left the movies after this role to return to the London stage- Hollywood's loss. Ramon is handsome as ever- probably his best role ever. The sets and music are wonderful and with the excellent cast, rise above the silly (but typical 1930's) plot. The ending was rather sad and actually not the typical poor girl gets rich boy in the end. Don't miss this gem- one of the best operettas out of pre- WWII Hollywood.

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