Waltzes from Vienna (1934)

In 1933 Hitchcock found himself without a picture to direct and signed on for this unlikely choice of a musical just so he could keep working. That being the case, it probably helps explain why it doesn't seem to have a Hitchcock feel to it or any of the elements you might otherwise expect from the master of suspense. I don't think his heart was really in it. The term musical is a little loosely used as really there are only the Strauss's waltzes for music as there was no money in the budget for any other music. So no one breaks out into song for no reason in this picture. Other than the fact it doesn't seem like a Hitchcock movie, it's a nice little story about the younger Strauss struggling for the respect of his father with a nice bit of romance and jealousy thrown in on the side. The most amusing scene for me was when the younger Strauss was coming up with the music for his waltz at the bakery. I also enjoyed the opening scene of the fire brigade racing to a fire and the "rescue" of the damsel. Apparently there wasn't much of a budget for special effects, because we never actually see the fire. A pleasant enough film, just not very Hitchcockian.

Format Notes:
This movie has never been released in any video format in the United States. Fortunately I was lucky enough to find a copy of the the French version on NTSC VHS. The one drawback was that it is in French with no subtitles (and I don't speak French). However, I am very lucky to have a friend who is French and we screened the movie at their house while Valerie translated. I am extremely thankful as I wouldn't have been able to figure out all of the details of what was going on and the movie would have been less meaningful.

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#5 in 1934, #34 Hitchcock Film

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