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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its first telecast in Philadelphia occurred Sunday 15 March 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), followed by Pittsburgh 10 April 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2); after that time, it was put back on the shelf for a while until legal problems were eventually untangled; a half year later, the flood gates opened, and in San Francisco, it was initially aired Sunday 20 December 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), followed by Milwaukee 22 December 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Indianapolis 27 December 1959 on WFBM (Channel 6), by Omaha 1 January 1960 on KETV (Channel 7), by Grand Rapids 14 January 1960 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Toledo 16 January 1960 on WTOL (Channel 11), by Los Angeles 14 February 1960 on KNXT (Channel 2), by Lowell, serving the Boston area, 28 April 1960 on WBZ (Channel 4), and, finally, by New York City 27 May 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
Now I like Victor Herbert. And I like Mary Martin and Allan Jones. But it would have been nice to see a real biography of Victor Herbert. Walter Connolly as Herbert does have a decent resemblance to him in his latter years
Jones and Martin sing beautifully though. The Herbert music is just there to adorn the plot line concerning these two musical performers. Jones's John Ramsay is a frail character, very similar to Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat who Jones also played.
As for Mary Martin, it's a mystery why she never had a good Hollywood career. She did films with Bing Crosby and Dick Powell as well as this one. She performed well, but movie audiences didn't take to her. The best musical moment in the film is Jones and Martin in a duet of Thine Alone. The recordings I have of the song are individual and it was written as a duet. There's also a pleasant scene with Jones and Martin riding bicycles swapping Herbert songs as they ride.
The real Victor Herbert with his womanizing and his Irish patriot background and his musical training in Germany where he developed a love for all things German would have been a fascinating study. He was also a cello virtuoso before he turned full time to composing. I have to take strong exception to the reviewer who said Cuddles Sakall would have been a good Victor Herbert. Sakall as Irish, HELLO.
Nice movie, but the real Vic would have been so much better.
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