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Forbidden Music (1936)

Land Without Music (original title)
In Lucco everyone loves music, singing at any occasion, work can wait and so the state's debt. So the ruling princess bans music. Then singer Carlini returns home. Aided by a journalist and his daughter they fight the proclaim -with music.



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Complete credited cast:
Richard Tauber ...
Diana Napier ...
Princess-Regent Maria Renata
Jonah J. Whistler
Sadie Whistler
Rudolpho Strozzi
Police Colonel Strozzi
Esme Percy ...
Austrian Ambassador
John Hepworth ...
Edward Rigby ...
The Maestro
George Carney ...
Prison Warder
Ivan Wilmot ...
Chief Bandit
Robert Nainby ...
Minister for War
Joe Monkhouse ...
Finance Minister
Quentin McPhearson ...
Customs Officer


Allegedly true story from early 19th Century involving a Ruritanian singer, a Princess who dislikes his music, and a Police Chief with a sideline in smuggling musical instruments. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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26 December 1938 (USA)  »

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Forbidden Music  »

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1.37 : 1
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charming musical fantasy
19 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a surprise to come across this film on DVD! 'Forbidden Music', or 'Land Without Music', teams Jimmy Durante with Richard Tauber (now that's a strange pairing if ever there was one) in a tale about a land so obsessed with music its Princess outlaws all forms of musical expression - Tauber of course plays an opera singer who makes regular visits back to the country of his birth to appear in concert; but how will he fare under the new rules?

Diana Napier (Mrs Tauber in real life) gives a chirpy and funny performance as the Princess, while June Clyde is also memorable as Durante's daughter Sadie. Durante is a lot of fun, as are the pub regulars who lie in wait for strangers who might stop by for a drink! And Tauber is in magnificent voice. He made only a handful of films but this is a slight, but charming way to spend an hour or so.

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