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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
This is a disappointing movie, even if you like Deanna Durbin, which I do.
Two men are credited with writing the script, and that amazes me. The plot meanders from one embarrassing non-situation to the next. The director, Henry Koster, made some very fine movies, such as Harvey. Why he filmed this script in this shape I don't know.
Several previous reviewers have wondered about the title, which makes no sense here. The music, and so perhaps - but I emphasize *perhaps* - the plot come from a musical by Robert Stolz called *Spring Parade*. It has some good music in it. Why Universal took just three songs and then repeated them over and over I don't know.
If you've seen *The Great Waltz*, MGM's lavish movie from two years before (1938), the big scenes in this will look pretty weak.
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