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The Great Victor Herbert (1939)

Approved | | Biography, Music, Musical | 29 December 1939 (USA)
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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 »

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Worth watching - for those who enjoy this sort of thing
28 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

An enjoyable film, but it is not really (in fact, not at all) a biography of Victor Herbert, as the title suggests. The music, however, is a delight, and although Herbert's music would now no doubt be considered 'dated' by many people, he did have a sure melodic gift. Many of his songs have a wide vocal range and are by no means easy to sing; one of his trademarks is the use of wide and unusual intervals (e.g. a major ninth in 'I'm falling in love with someone'; an octave plus a semitone, a major seventh and a tenth in 'Kiss me again'). This, combined with the sometimes flowery lyrics and his penchant for the slow waltz, give his music an old-world charm that is well served in this film by the performances, the set and the costumes.

Allan Jones and Mary Martin are both worth seeing - and hearing. Allan Jones had a fine tenor voice, which he uses here to good effect. It is always interesting to see Mary Martin on screen - although she comes over as perfectly fine - indeed good - there is perhaps little to suggest that she would go on to become one of the very greatest musical stars of Broadway (and, indeed, also of the West End in London) of the middle years of the twentieth century. (Those who doubt that this film allows us to hear her real singing voice of these years should seek out a recording of her in Noel Coward's Pacific 1860 (London, 1946), in which she plays an opera diva, or of Peter Pan, in which her coloratura pyrotechnics can be heard.)

All in all, an enjoyable film for those who like the music of Victor Herbert (and people who enjoy operetta music or musicals generally are likely to find Herbert's music worth exploring) and also for those who are fans of the stars.


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