Viennese Nights (1931)

Performance | 1931

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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
MUSIC
Mus cond
SOUND
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"I Bring a Love Song," "I'm Lonely," "You Will Remember Vienna," "Here We Are," "Regimental March," "Yes, Yes, Yes," and "Viennese Nights," words by Oscar Hammerstein II, music by Sigmund Romberg.
DETAILS
Release Date:
1931
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 26 November 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
4 August 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1463
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Color
Technicolor
Length(in feet):
9,007
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Three young men--Franz, Otto, and Gus--friends from childhood, leave their homes to take their places in the Austrian Army. Franz becomes a lieutenant, and military discipline ends his friendship with Otto and Gus. Otto falls in love with Elsa, a cobbler's daughter, and he and Gus take her to a cafe; there Franz falls in love with Elsa and takes her from Otto, who is helpless before an officer, and persuades her to marry him. Heartbroken, Otto goes to America with Gus; 11 years later he is playing the violin in a theater orchestra, struggling to support a child by his wife, Emma. When he again sees Elsa at the theater and learns she is unhappy, they determine to defy conventions, but learning of his child, she sacrifices her happiness and returns to Franz. Forty years later, Elsa expects her granddaughter, Barbara, to marry wealth and revive the family fortune, but the girl elopes with an American composer, who, Elsa discovers, is Otto's grandson. Renewing the romance of her youth, Elsa dreams that Otto comes and sings to her, comforting her in old ... +


Three young men--Franz, Otto, and Gus--friends from childhood, leave their homes to take their places in the Austrian Army. Franz becomes a lieutenant, and military discipline ends his friendship with Otto and Gus. Otto falls in love with Elsa, a cobbler's daughter, and he and Gus take her to a cafe; there Franz falls in love with Elsa and takes her from Otto, who is helpless before an officer, and persuades her to marry him. Heartbroken, Otto goes to America with Gus; 11 years later he is playing the violin in a theater orchestra, struggling to support a child by his wife, Emma. When he again sees Elsa at the theater and learns she is unhappy, they determine to defy conventions, but learning of his child, she sacrifices her happiness and returns to Franz. Forty years later, Elsa expects her granddaughter, Barbara, to marry wealth and revive the family fortune, but the girl elopes with an American composer, who, Elsa discovers, is Otto's grandson. Renewing the romance of her youth, Elsa dreams that Otto comes and sings to her, comforting her in old age. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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