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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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Fernand Gravey ...
Johann Strauss (as Fernand Gravet)
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Count Hohenfried
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Kienzl
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Dudelman
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Cellist
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Schiller
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Vogelhuber
Greta Meyer ...
Mrs. Vogelhuber
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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)  »

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The Life of Johann Strauss  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Trivia

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

Quotes

Johann 'Schani' Strauss II: Thanks for firing me, Mr. Wertheimer. Goodbye, you worms!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

I'm in Love with Vienna
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung and danced to by patrons of Dommayer's
Reprised at the end
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My opinion about the movie The Great Waltz.
4 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I own a VHS copy of The Great Waltz. I have seen this movie I don't know how many times! I was very young when I saw the movie for the first time, and it made a great impact on me and ever since then, I feel the urge to look and hear the magnificent singer and actress that, in my opinion takes the first place in this movie: MILIZA KORJUS. I have managed to collect ALL her recordings, I think., but I never saw the movie as a political issue or as they say here, as anti Nazi film! Nothing of the sort! To me it's a delightful movie and a great vehicle for the display of the many talents of Miliza Korjus and also for the rest of the cast and the romanticism involved in the whole movie.


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