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Waltzes from Vienna (1933)




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Anxious to finish off his contract with British International Pictures, Alfred Hitchcock agreed to direct Waltzes from Vienna, a schmaltzy musical about "waltz king" Joseph Strauss and his son Joseph Jr. Edmund Gwenn stars as the elder Strauss, with Esmond Knight as his talented progeny. The crux of the film is the intense rivalry between the two Strausses, which is somehow resolved by the inaugural performance of Joseph Junior's "The Blue Danube." Displeased with his work in this film, Hitchcock at one point threw up his hands and confessed to his actors "I hate this sort of stuff. Melodrama is the only thing I can do." Hitch regarded Waltzes in Vienna and his silent Champagne as his worst films, and never directed anything like them again.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Gaumont British Picture Corporation


Edmund Gwenn
as Johann Strauss, the Elder
Esmond Knight
as Johann "Schani" Strauss, the Younger
Fay Compton
as Countess Helga
Robert Hale
as Ebezeder
Sybil Grove
as Mme. Fouchett
Marcus Barron
as Drexter
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Critic Reviews for Waltzes from Vienna

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

It exhibits little of the technical ingenuity which the Hitchcock name might lead us to expect. But it does not diminish the loveliness of "The Blue Danube" and it suspires amiably against its nineteenth century appointments.

Full Review… | June 2, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

Dull costume drama directed by a young Alfred Hitchcock during what he has called "the lowest ebb" of his career.

Full Review… | June 2, 2015
TV Guide

This anomaly of a musical biopic is one of Hitchcock's few weak films that even he did not like.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013

The perception of it as a fumbled trifle is dismissed as soon as Hitchcock lays out the artist's dilemma, the kind that would keep hounding him: "Either you're a musician, or a confectioner."

Full Review… | March 20, 2012

A soppy, ineffectual musical.

Full Review… | March 20, 2012

Audience Reviews for Waltzes from Vienna


Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock directs this...pretty lame semi-musical about Strauss writing "The Blue Danube". Hitchcock would later say that it was a low-point in his career and he essentially made it because he wanted to keep working and had nothing better to do. One thing I can say for it (and Hitchcock seemed to agree) it taught him a good deal about how sound should be used in film, and he learned new tricks in sound editing and melding music with the picture, and as he would one day mix the two so wonderfully, I have to give this film some credit. It isn't particularly worth your time, but I'm happy Hitchcock had the opportunity to learn on this picture.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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