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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

Debut of Susanna Foster. See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss Me Again
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Henry Martyn Blossom
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The Real Vic??
27 February 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Now I like Victor Herbert. And I like Mary Martin and Allan Jones. But it would have been nice to see a real biography of Victor Herbert. Walter Connolly as Herbert does have a decent resemblance to him in his latter years

Jones and Martin sing beautifully though. The Herbert music is just there to adorn the plot line concerning these two musical performers. Jones's John Ramsay is a frail character, very similar to Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat who Jones also played.

As for Mary Martin, it's a mystery why she never had a good Hollywood career. She did films with Bing Crosby and Dick Powell as well as this one. She performed well, but movie audiences didn't take to her. The best musical moment in the film is Jones and Martin in a duet of Thine Alone. The recordings I have of the song are individual and it was written as a duet. There's also a pleasant scene with Jones and Martin riding bicycles swapping Herbert songs as they ride.

The real Victor Herbert with his womanizing and his Irish patriot background and his musical training in Germany where he developed a love for all things German would have been a fascinating study. He was also a cello virtuoso before he turned full time to composing. I have to take strong exception to the reviewer who said Cuddles Sakall would have been a good Victor Herbert. Sakall as Irish, HELLO.

Nice movie, but the real Vic would have been so much better.


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