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Fernand Gravey ...
Johann Strauss (as Fernand Gravet)
Miliza Korjus ...
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Count Hohenfried
Curt Bois ...
Kienzl
Leonid Kinskey ...
Dudelman
Al Shean ...
Cellist
Minna Gombell ...
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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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Film debut of Ann Savage. See more »

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Julius Hofbauer, Music Publisher: Mark my words, young man, if it hasn't got the imprint of Hofbauer, it isn't even music.
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Version of The Great Waltz (1972) See more »

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On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op.314
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Played as background music as it is being composed
Sung by a mob outside Franz Josef's palace
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One of the great MGM musicals
12 January 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

THE GREAT WALTZ is one of the all-time great musicals with memorable orchestrations of its magnificent music, beautiful, swirling cinematography, Luise Rainer at her heartbreaking best and Miliza Korjus outrageously divine in performance and voice. The plot adroitly mixes music, smaltz and sentiment with several scenes of heartbreaking, dramatic power. This movie is an absolute joy, a treasure to be seen and enjoyed year after year.


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