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Spring Parade (1940)

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In this light and lovely romantic musical, a Hungarian woman(Deanna Durbin) attends a Viennese fair and buys a card from a gypsy fortune teller. It says that she will meet someone important... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ilonka Tolnay
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Corporal Harry Marten
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Gustav
Henry Stephenson ...
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Latislav Teschek - the Baker
Billy Lenhart ...
Max
Kenneth Brown ...
Moritz
Walter Catlett ...
Headwaiter
Anne Gwynne ...
Jenny
Allyn Joslyn ...
Count Zorndorf
Peggy Moran ...
Archduchess Irene
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The Major
Franklin Pangborn ...
Wiedlemeyer
Edward Gargan ...
Inga - the Fortune Teller (as Ed Gargan)
Wade Boteler ...
Sergeant
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In this light and lovely romantic musical, a Hungarian woman(Deanna Durbin) attends a Viennese fair and buys a card from a gypsy fortune teller. It says that she will meet someone important and is destined for a happy marriage. Afterward she gets a job as a baker's assistant. She then meets a handsome army drummer (Robert Cummings) who secretly dreams of becoming a famous composer and conductor. Unfortunately the military forbids the young corporal to create his own music. But then Ilonka (Durbin) secretly sends one of the drummer's waltzes to the Austrian Emperor with his weekly order of pastries. Her act paves the way toward the tuneful and joyous fulfillment of the gypsy's prediction. Written by Stephen Hawkins

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vienna austria | remake

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LIVE, LAUGH and LOVE! With a Dancing, Romancing Deanna!

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Comedy | Musical

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27 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Anoixiatiki parelasis  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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When April Sings
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Stupid title- charming Viennese fluff - one of Durbin's best

It may be spring but there are no parades in this film- one of the dumbest titles ever thought up for a film. It has no relation to anything going on. However, this is a most delightful Durbin vehicle, lovely, lilting, sweet and mindless. She is a peasant girl who takes a goat to market, buys a fortune, and then falls into a series of coincidences that seem to support the fortune's coming true. She is whisked away to Vienna and takes up working for a baker (the ever befuddled S.Z. Sakall). Soon she is enamored of Robert Cummings, an army officer who writes waltzes, and is barraging the king with notes smuggled inside salt sticks to get him to recognize the true musical value of her amour. None of it is of any more consequence than schlag, but along the way we have charm, charm, charm. It was a major contender at the Oscars that year, being nominated for four of them: Cinematography, Score, Song and Sound. It deserved them all as well as an additional nod for the lavish Art Direction. Two of Deanna's finest songs - IT'S FOOLISH, BUT IT'S FUN and WALTZING IN THE CLOUDS - are heard here many times over. It swirls, it whirls, it delights. It's also extremely rare - not available on video. Well worth seeking out for fans of Durbin, musicals in general, and VIENNA.


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