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Against the backdrop of Vienna's hidebound caste system, aristocrat and army officer Nicki (Erich von Stroheim) falls for lowly commoner Mitzi (Fay Wray), knowing that it cannot last. Acquiescing to pressure from his family, he ultimately gives her up to marry the more socially acceptable -- albeit crippled -- heiress Cecelia (ZaSu Pitts). Mitzi, for her part, is heartbroken and must resign herself to marrying a churlish butcher, Schani Eberle (Matthew Betz).

Cast & Crew

Erich von Stroheim
Prince Nicki von Wildeliebe-Rauffenburg
Fay Wray
Mitzi Schrammell
ZaSu Pitts
Cecelia Schweisser
Matthew Betz
Schani Eberle
George Fawcett
Prince Ottokar
Maude George
Princess Maria
George Nichols
Fortunat Schweisser
Dale Fuller
Katerina Schrammel
Cesare Gravina
Martin Schrammell
Hughie Mack
Schani's father
J.S. Zamecnik
Original Music
Adolph Deutsch
Original Music
Vernon Duke
Original Music
Ray Rennahan
Cinematographer
Hal Mohr
Cinematographer
Ben F. Reynolds
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Critic Reviews for The Wedding March

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (2)

  • As this extravagant, wickedly ironic 1928 melodrama shows, Erich von Stroheim was not only a supreme (if typecast) actor but one of the greatest silent-era directors.

    March 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • One of the most eccentric and fascinating vanity projects in the history of film.

    March 31, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Because of what they are called upon to do and not because of the performances of the players the characters are not much more human than a troupe of Robots.

    March 25, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It is the love scenes, played beneath shimmering apple blossoms in lyrical soft focus, that stick in the memory, ironically turning what is now the film's ending into one of the director's most bitterly pessimistic scenes.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Even minor Stroheim is considerably better than most other filmmakers' major work.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • The current school of critical thought is that 'The Wedding March' is a minor Stroheim effort, but I find it to be one of his most complete and most satisfying films.

    May 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wedding March

  • Nov 10, 2011
    another epic from the mad genius von stroheim, who seems to like to cast himself as a dashing ladies' man. this film comes in at under 2 hours, which surprised me til i learned it was split in two parts, the second called 'the honeymoon'. sadly, the second half has been lost but what remains is the charming tale of a hapsburg prince who loves the ladies, especially a beautiful peasant played by fay wray. however the prince is a wastrel and his aristocratic parents are broke so they give him a choice: marry money or shoot himself! this is on internet archive, with some scenes in early technicolor
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