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The Great Waltz (1938)





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This film relates the life story of Austrian "Waltz King" Johann Strauss. Fernard Gravet stars as Strauss, while Luise Rainer is Poldi Vogelhuber. Poldi is the wife of Strauss, but she is forced to sit and sulk as her husband carries on a lengthy affair with opera singer Milza Korjus.

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Luise Rainer
as Poldi Vogelhuber
Fernand Gravey
as Johann Strauss
Milza Korjus
as Carla Donner
Hugh Herbert
as Julius Hofbauer
Lionel Atwill
as Count Hohenfried
Curt Bois
as Kienzl
Henry Hull
as Franz Joseph
Al Shean
as Cellist
Minna Gombell
as Mrs. Hofbauer
Bert Roach
as Vogelhuber
Greta Meyer
as Mrs. Vogelhuber
Herman Bing
as Dommayer
Alma Kruger
as Mrs. Strauss
Sig Rumann
as Wertheimer
Christian Rub
as Coachman
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Critic Reviews for The Great Waltz

All Critics (2)

Passages of the film are visually magnificent, but the whole lacks dramatic power.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Story and script have been happily blended here into a pattern both dreamlike and gay.

July 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Great Waltz


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 nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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