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The Dancing Years (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 23 August 1950 (USA)
The episodic story of a composer of operettas, Rudi Kleiber, in in old Viennese days, and the two women in his life; Maria Zeitler, his sweetheart, later mistress, lost love, an operetta ... See full summary »


Harold French


Ivor Novello (based on the play devised by), Ivor Novello (based on the play written by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Price ... Rudi Kleber
Gisèle Préville Gisèle Préville ... Maria Zeidler (as Gisele Preville)
Patricia Dainton ... Grete
Anthony Nicholls ... Prince Reinaldt
Grey Blake Grey Blake ... Franzel
Muriel George ... Hatti
Olive Gilbert Olive Gilbert ... Frau Kurt
Martin Ross Martin Ross ... Tenor
Gerald Case Gerald Case ... Rudi's Secretary
Carl Jaffe ... Head Waiter
Jeremy Spenser ... Maria's Son
Sylvia Clarke Sylvia Clarke ... Ladies of the Theatre
Cynthia Teale Cynthia Teale ... Ladies of the Theatre
Diana Wilding Diana Wilding ... Ladies of the Theatre
Jean Lodge Jean Lodge ... Ladies of the Theatre


The episodic story of a composer of operettas, Rudi Kleiber, in in old Viennese days, and the two women in his life; Maria Zeitler, his sweetheart, later mistress, lost love, an operetta star, and his first patron, and the mother of a son he did not know he had; and of Greta, his first love and companion in later years. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Musical | Romance


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Ivor Novello approved the cast and supervised the production. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: VIENNA 1910 See more »


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Pure escapism and none the worse for that
9 November 2011 | by morrow-9See all my reviews

Both my mother and grandmother were avid Novello fans - a great-aunt even made soft furnishings for his London flat above The Strand Theatre. Therefore all my life I have been totally prejudiced against his sickly-sweet tunes and dated 'Ruritanian' fantasies. However recently I was asked to lecture on Novello as part of a course for a charity and so came about my damascene moment. To get the same effect you have to imagine yourself in a Europe on the brink of war a mere twenty years after a previous conflict had decimated the youth of your country. Amidst all the dark swirling storm clouds you yearn for some relief and decide to escape for a couple of hours to a West End theatre. There you enter into an enchanted parallel world where romance, love, trust, honour and beauty are the norm. Yet this wouldn't matter if the work you were watching was of a poor or insincere quality. Novello provides the dream-scape and for a short while you become enchanted. This 1976 version is 'big' for a TV production but cannot compare with a full-fledged Broadway or Hollywood spectacular yet it has the ring of truth. The book is so well written and the music so adeptly suited to the mood of the moment that all seems artless and sincere. You start to care for the fate of Rudi,Grete and Maria and become fretful as the final scene plays out to its inevitable conclusion. Okay, I've wandered into a dreamy state with this review but so might you. Please grab any chance to see it, watch with cynicism excised and perhaps you too will fall under the Novello spell.

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Release Date:

23 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Valsa Eterna See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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