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The Great Victor Herbert (1939)

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Cast

Cast overview:
Allan Jones ... John Ramsey
Mary Martin ... Louise Hall
Walter Connolly ... Victor Herbert
Lee Bowman ... Dr. Richard Moore
Judith Barrett ... Marie Clark
Susanna Foster ... Peggy
Jerome Cowan ... Barney Harris
John Garrick ... Warner Bryant
Pierre Watkin ... Albert Martin
Richard Tucker ... Michael Brown
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... George Faller
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Forbes
Mary Currier Mary Currier ... Mrs. Victor Herbert
James Finlayson ... Lamplighter
Sandra Lee Richards Sandra Lee Richards ... Peggy - as a Young Girl
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HE WROTE THE MELODIES TO FIT THE WORDS THAT SWEETHEARTS WHISPER TO EACH OTHER ! (original poster-all caps0 See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Celos de gloria See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$301,700, 24 January 1940
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Connolly's last film. See more »

Soundtracks

Rose of Algeria Fanfare
Music by Victor Herbert
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Susanna Foster Hits a High Note.
10 December 2006 | by itsmitsSee all my reviews

I cannot argue with other comments that the story line focuses more on the romance between the Mary Martin and Allan Jones characters, much in the manner of "Showboat", than on the life of Victor Herbert. But in the 1930's, would that have been a box office draw? Instead of the Life of VH, perhaps it should have been the Music of VH. There is an abundance of this.

For me, the thrill of the movie came near the end of the movie when Susanna Foster sings "Land of Romance". It has been over a decade since I caught this movie for a second time at a local 'old movies' theater. At first the audience was stunned; then it burst into spontaneous applause. I remember the shivers running up and down my spine. My trivia memory recalled the information provided to an inquiring public by a local journalist when the movie first came out back in the late 1930's. 'That note hit by Miss Foster was a far F above high C.'

She may not have had four octaves a la Yma Sumac but the then teen-ager certainly had a range!


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