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The Great Waltz (1938)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Music | 4 November 1938 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Your beating heart,your pounding pulse will tell you it's the most exciting musical love story ever told!


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4 November 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Life of Johann Strauss  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Charles Boyer reportedly turned down the starring role. See more »

Quotes

Johann 'Schani' Strauss II: Something difficult and honest had to be said, and it was just like you to say it.
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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Great music can sometimes send you to a place between Heaven and Earth
20 September 2002 | by (mpls minn) – See all my reviews

My wife and I viewed this picture on TV 9/20/02. The acting by all was so real and the music, the settings, and the singing by M. Korjus so incredibly beautiful it brought tears for the shear emotion as the story unfolded. I recommend this movie to anyone needing an uplifting of spirit, so poignant as to bring tears enough to cry away your troubles and to anyone who enjoys movies of such caliber as are so few these days. Bravo


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