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The Great Victor Herbert (1939)

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »
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John Ramsey
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Louise Hall
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Lee Bowman ...
Dr. Richard Moore
Susanna Foster ...
Peggy
Judith Barrett ...
Marie Clark
Jerome Cowan ...
Barney Harris
John Garrick ...
Warner Bryant
Pierre Watkin ...
Albert Martin
Richard Tucker ...
Michael Brown
Hal K. Dawson ...
George Faller
Emmett Vogan ...
Forbes
Mary Currier ...
Mrs. Victor Herbert
James Finlayson ...
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29 December 1939 (USA)  »

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To the Land of My Own Romance
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
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Misleading title - not a biography.
12 February 2001 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is a film with a very misleading title - we expect a biography of the great operetta composer. Instead he is a supporting figure in a love story between his temperamental male singing star (Allan Jones)and the latter's new discovery (Mary Martin) as they go through a tedious 91 minute combination of A STAR IS BORN and SHOW BOAT. The cinematography earned an Oscar nom though it did not deserve it. Its noms for Scoring and Sound were deserved. The Academy however missed a chance to honor the lavish Art Direction which it deserved as well. Jones and Martin are good enough (I'd swear Martin was at least partially dubbed- never heard her sing so high and if she could sing that high, why did she refuse any duets with Pinza when R&H were constructing SOUTH PACIFIC?) - and Susanna Foster is a marvelous find as daughter Peggy. Walter Connolly as Herbert is hardly around at all -perhaps Cuddles Zakall would have been a better choice. Unless you're a fan of Herbert's music (there's plenty of it) or the stars, stay away from this one.


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