MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 39,930 this week

Congress Dances (1932)
"The Congress Dances" (original title)

 -  Comedy | History | Musical  -  11 May 1932 (USA)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 21 users  
Reviews: 2 user

An Austrian prince hatches a plan to keep his rival, the Russian czar, busy by keeping him surrounded by beautiful women and away from the negotiating table. The Czar, however, has his own ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (adaptation), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


Related News

On TCM: Oscar Winner Colbert
| Alt Film Guide
The Camera Moves #3
| MUBI

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 107 titles
created 28 Jun 2011
 
list image
a list of 2188 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 9998 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 128 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Congress Dances" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Congress Dances (1932)

Congress Dances (1932) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Congress Dances.
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
...
Henri Garat ...
Zar Alexander I / Uralsky (as Henry Garat)
...
Countess
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Reginald Purdell ...
Pepi
Philipp Manning ...
King of Saxony (as Dr. Philip Mannering)
Humberston Wright ...
Helen Haye ...
Princess
Spencer Trevor ...
Finance Minister
Tarquini d'Or ...
Heurige Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olga Engl
Thomas Weguelin
Edit

Storyline

An Austrian prince hatches a plan to keep his rival, the Russian czar, busy by keeping him surrounded by beautiful women and away from the negotiating table. The Czar, however, has his own plan--he hires a man who is his exact double to impersonate him and confuse the Austrians by appearing to be everywhere at once. In addition, both the Czar and his double fall for the same woman. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 May 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Congress Dances  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In his biography "Ich hab für euch gespielt", Paul Hörbiger reports that he was in the film's big ballroom dance scene. Producer Erich Pommer, who would closely supervise all of his productions, was also on the set. Part of a burning carbon rod from an arc light fell among the actors. One dancer's costume burst into flame. Pommer was the first to react, attempting to tear off the burning fabric and beat out the flames. He suffered severe burns on both his hands but was unable to save the young dancer who died two days later. The highly publicized incident had a worldwide effect, causing arc lamp manufacturers to implement safety measures and fabric mills to add flame retardant to their synthetic fabrics. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hi-de-Hi!: Raffles (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Just Once for All Time
English version of "Das gibt's nur einmal, das kommt nie wieder"
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Lyrics by Robert Gilbert
English lyrics by Rowland Leigh
Sung by Lilian Harvey
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
pastry with whipped cream
27 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I expected Congress Dances to be an operetta but it's actually a farcical comedy taking place during the 1814-1815 Congress of Vienna with two very long and elaborately shot musical sequences. Think of it as a sweet Viennese pastry (the story) with two blobs of thick whipped cream (the musical sequences).

On the one hand the story concerns the efforts of the high and mighty to outmaneuver each other in the deal making that went on as Europe was reorganized after the Napoleonic upset. On the other we follow the fairy tale journey of a glove shop sales clerk (Lilian Harvey in her scintillating, elfin prime) into and out of the arms of the visiting Tsar Alexander (Willy Fritsch, excellent in a dual role as the Tsar and his oafish double). Prince Metternich (played smoothly by Conrad Veidt in a very unflattering pouffy looking wig) is busily manipulating the delegates by listening in on their conversations through a network of tubes connecting his bedroom to every corner of the palace, and reading their outgoing and incoming correspondence by placing the sealed envelopes on a backlit glass plate (there were clever spying mechanisms even back then). Much of the footage involves sweeping and elaborate camera movements through dense crowds in streets, palaces, a ballroom and a beer garden. The musical number "Das gibt's nur einmal" transports Harvey in a carriage from her shop through the teeming city streets, into the countryside past dancing peasants and to a grand villa where she runs up the stairs and into a sumptuous bedroom, singing all the way. The song is reprised as a finale of sorts. Earlier we have a beer garden number in which Paul Horbiger strolls among the happy customers singing "Wien und der Wein." The technical complexity of the Harvey number was too much to handle at the time, as evidenced by the way her lip movements are markedly out of synch with the soundtrack. If you watch this and other crowd scenes with no sound they have the flow of late silent cinema, reminiscent of Murnau but also glimmers of Ophuls. Finally, Lil Dagover appears in a few scenes as a French countess sent by Metternich to distract the Tsar from the diplomatic table. But any chance to see the magnificent Dagover should be taken.

The print at the Museum of Modern Art is well worn.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Congress Dances (1932) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?