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The Great Waltz (1938)

Passed  -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  4 November 1938 (USA)
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In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauß II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. ... See full summary »

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Fernand Gravey ...
Johann Strauss (as Fernand Gravet)
Miliza Korjus ...
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Hofbauer
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Count Hohenfried
Curt Bois ...
Kienzl
Leonid Kinskey ...
Dudelman
Al Shean ...
Cellist
Minna Gombell ...
Mrs. Hofbauer
George Houston ...
Schiller
Bert Roach ...
Vogelhuber
Greta Meyer ...
Mrs. Vogelhuber
Herman Bing ...
Dommayer
Alma Kruger ...
Mrs. Strauss
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Franz Josef
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In 1845 Vienna, Johann Strauß II - Schani to his friends - would rather write and perform waltzes than anything else, this at a time when a waltz is not considered proper society music. After he is fired from his clerical bank job because of his preoccupation with composing, he decides to follow his passion and form an orchestra. After some famed opera singers, including Carla Donner, hear his music, they expose Schani's music to the masses, to royalty and to music publisher Julius Hofbauer. As such, Schani becomes the toast of Vienna. With his new found musical fame, Schani's life, which includes his work in the European Revolutions, changes. He becomes torn for his love for his loving and faithful wife Poldi Vogelhuber and his more emotionally passionate but somewhat destructive love for Carla Donner, who herself is involved with Count Anton Hohenfried. Written by Huggo

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4 November 1938 (USA)  »

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Toscha Seidel, the Russian virtuoso violinist, was hired especially to dub the solos on the soundtrack for Johann Strauß (Fernand Gravey) and began a new career working as a concert master at MGM and other studios. See more »

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Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Great Music providing Fine Entertainmant
10 August 2004 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

Before I started these comments, I first read many of the others made by a wide range of people - I was amazed to find that some were reading far too much into the storyline,( which everyone who has seen the movie knows it is pure hokum) or belittling the film for its treatment of the life of Johann Strauss. Why not go and see it, and enjoy the sheer entertainment of the Music, the acting of Luise Rainer, the voice of Miliza Korjus (who will ever forget her rendition of "One Day When We Were Young" - who cares if Strauss did or did not write it!), So "The Tales from the Vienna Woods" was written overnight - does it matter that free licence was taken, surely the name of the game is to entertain, and this film does that. Hugh Herbert and Lionel Atwill add fun and spice to one of the more entertaining musicals of the 1930's.


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