An ambitious barrister and his wife are targeted by blackmailers. In trying to save her husband, the wife becomes involved in a murder case her husband is trying. For his part, the husband's actions make him a suspect in a related murder.
The second in a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the film chronicles the married life of the young empress as she tries to adjust to formal and strict life in the palace and an overbearing mother-in-law.
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This one is tough to honestly evaluate. On the one hand you have Grace
Moore and her wonderful voice, able and adequate supporting roles,
notably by the always reliable and graceful Frieda Inescort, Franchot
Tone and Walter Connoly, and of course Sternberg's direction. For me at
least that's reason enough to watch any movie, even this one which in
some ways is an utter disaster. On the other there's just too much
silliness, foolishness and Herman Bing. He can be aggravating enough
even in small doses but he does way too much of that trademark tongue
rolling and quaking of his for my taste.
And then there's the ages of the real Sisi (Moore's character,
Elisabeth of Bavaria) and Franz Josef (Tone's character). When Sisi
married Franz Josef she was 16 and he 24, not 40 and 30, the ages of
Moore and Tone respectively. Even given the generous poetic license the
producers took with the real story which is nothing if not tragic,
there's only one way to look at this movie. It is nothing more than a
vehicle for Grace Moore. And maybe that's reason enough to watch it.
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