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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
Despite some of Durbin's best songs and technical proficiency all the way around, this is a major disappointment for a Durbin fan who adores every film the musical star made up to 1940. It's BORING - poorly paced and dogged by a weak story line. (I was privileged to see a superior transfer, so I attribute my lack of enjoyment to the film itself.) Romance is given short shrift, with leading man Robert Cummings showing up very late in the film.
Not as bad as Up in Central Park, which Universal Home Video somehow did release, but not a film one should be praying to see released on home video.
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