The Great Waltz

1938, Musical, 1h 42m

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In 19th century Vienna, Johann "Schani" Strauss II (Fernand Gravey), son of the great composer, endeavors to realize his own talents. With the support of his girlfriend, Poldi (Luise Rainer), and the unexpected patronage of opera star Carla Donner, Schani gains enough success to marry Poldi, but avoids Carla's high society circles. Unexpectedly thrown together with Carla, however, Schani falls in love with her. When she commissions an opera from him, his career rises as his marriage crumbles.

Cast & Crew

Luise Rainer
Poldi Vogelhuber
Fernand Gravey
Johann 'Schani' Strauss II
Miliza Korjus
Carla Donner
Hugh Herbert
Julius Hofbauer
Lionel Atwill
Count Anton "Tony" Hohenfried
Minna Gombell
Mrs. Hofbauer
George Houston
Fritz Schiller
Bert Roach
Vogelhuber
Greta Meyer
Mrs. Vogelhuber
Herman Bing
Otto Dommayer
Alma Kruger
Mrs. Strauss
Henry Hull
Emperor Franz Josef
Sig Ruman
Wertheimer the Banker
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Critic Reviews for The Great Waltz

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Audience Reviews for The Great Waltz

  • Jan 30, 2012
    Beautiful music, standard script. The Vienesse Teardrop does well enough in her standard role of the long suffering put upon wife and as always she cries beautifully but Gravey is flat in the lead. The kind of picture where Strauss can compose Tales from the Vienna Woods just by taking an carriage ride through them and suddenly without any struggle whatsoever have the whole thing ready for a performance at the end of said ride! There is also quite a bit of operatic singing, if that's your cup of tea great all others beware.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2011
    Return with us now to those thrilling days in Vienna before the revolution and Johann Strauss (Gravet) doesn't want to be a banker but instead to write waltzes. His lifelong pal, buddy, and possible sweetheart is the long suffering, long ignored by him Rainer who simply wants to get married. Just as their plans start to meld along comes artsy artist opera soprano (Korjus, pronounced gorgeous, her only screen appearance ever) to "inspire" poor simple Johann. Even a dope like me was set to swaying by the Hollywood-juiced versions of some of the most well known music in the world and Korjus, the real star of this, is simply a vocalizing force of nature let loose and free.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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