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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:
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
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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Release Date:

26 December 1938 (USA)  »

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Forbidden Music  »

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1.37 : 1
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Tauber,Napier and Durante what a strange combination.
27 September 2014 | by (london) – See all my reviews

When I saw the cast list I wondered how it would turn out.Particularly when I also saw George Hayes as a police inspector.Alas it wasn't Gabby Hayes.My view of the film was hampered by the fact that the copy was only 63minutes long.so I assume that a lot of music had been cut out to make way for the plot.For some strange reason back in the 1930s this type of light operetta seemed to have some popularity with the cinema going public.Tauber had a great voice but wasn't the least bit cinematic and went on to marry his leading lady.Jimmy Durante seemed rather unusual casting for this film but he doesn't manage to overwhelm everyone as he can do.

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