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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
This movie was remade by Ernst Marischka, the original story writer of this film, in 1955 with Romy Schneider as Die Deutschmeister. having seen both the movies, I found that, the second one was far superior to this, which is a rarity. Normally when the movies are re-made, the so-called superiority is attained by more glitz, and in the way, it weakens the plot. But not in this case.
I like both the heroines, Deanna as well as Romy and incidentally they were almost the same age when their respective movies were made, Deanna must have been about 18 and Romy about 17. If I compare the two, Deanna was a bit superior, as far as this movie-pair is concerned, but Romy matured only after she stopped Sissy and similar movies. The other superiority of this movie is obviously the Deanna's singing (Probably, to overcome that, Marischka didn't make the other one Musical). And the male lead, Robert Cummins too (in my opinion) was better than Siegfried Breuer. But there it stops.
The plot and the story was far superior and engrossing in the German movie, whereas this particular movie has too many loop-holes in the plot.
If I leave alone the actors, who were American, Marischka and Pasternak were Austro-Hungarians, Koster was German, under this conditions the mistakes made seem quite surprising. Thankfully Marischka corrected them, and also changed the plot a bit, in the German movie.
Probably due to these glaring errors, I could not really enjoy the movie despite Deanna and some very good songs.
The role of Koster's future wife, Peggy Moran seems to be interesting. She is introduced as Archduchess, but definitely she wasn't one. Emperor's Aide, Wiedlemeyer should have contradicted at that point, after all, he might have missed Counts, Minor Princess' , some Duchess' but definitely not an Arch-duchess. In addition, her behavior, or even Marten's didn't fit the chair. Similar to this there are many other loop-holes, including the meeting with Emperor, where Deanna didn't really maintain the 'Awe' which would be natural, or later, the attempt to refuse Kaiser's invitation (which everyone should know is an Order in a disguise and are non-refuse-able).
To summarise, watching once was a bit drag, but not too much of it, but it is not repeatable, the other one, being more coherent, is a far better watch.
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