Alfred Hitchcock's Waltzes From Vienna
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1934-black and white-In old Vienna, Johann Strauss Junior wants to be a composer like his famous father. His father however feels his son has no talent and dissuades him from pursuing a musical career. Johann Junior's fiance, played by Jessie Mathews, also does not encourage his creative side and prefers him to work as a baker. Enter Countess Helga von Stahl, who recognizes the younger Strauss' talent, and helps hatch a scheme to get his Blue Danube heard by the public. However, Strauss' girl thinks there is something romantic going Johann and the Countess, and Johann Senior thinks his son is trying to embarrass him.
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The print of this movie is in great shape, both audio and video. As for the movie itself it is somewhat silly; obviously not your typical Hitchcock picture, even when comparing it to his other early 1930s films. The movie is interesting to watch and worth buying if you're interested in Hitchcock's films, especially since this title never shows up on TV.
The start of the movie merely had a start button. There were no chapters or setup links. Even the Warner Archive DVDs are better than this. It played fine & the quality was passable, considering the movie's age.
I've never bought an illegal copy of anything. Is this how they look? It makes me uneasy to own it.
Also among these British-era AH photoplays:
"Jamaica Inn" concerns a gang of land-based pirates. Its solid cast includes Maureen O'Hara in her screen debut.
"The Man Who Knew Too Much" is an espionage nail-biter that features both a kidnapping and an assassination plot
"Juno and the Paycock" is the saga of an Irish family's rags-to-riches-to-rags journey. (From the Sean O'Casey play.)
"Sabotage" is Hitch at his best. A Scotland Yard detective tries to catch a saboteur who plans to explode a bomb in London.
"Young and Innocent" is a mistaken identity story. A man wrongfully arrested for his girlfriend's murder escapes and goes on the run.
"Number Seventeen" is the address of a gang of theives' hideout. They are tracked to their safehouse by a detective.
"The Skin Game" is a battle between two families over land in a village that nearly destroys both of them.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK - MASTER OF SUSPENSE (also from Mill Creek Entertainment) is the ideal companion to this collection. It contains ten movies not on this set, plus two episodes of Hitch's 1950's TV anthology series.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(5.8) Easy Virtue (silent-UK-1928) - Isabel Jeans/Franklin Dyall/Ian Hunter
(6.2) Jamaica Inn (UK-1939) - Charles Laughton/Maureen O'Hara/Robert Newton
(4.7) Juno and the Paycock (UK-1930) - Barry Fitzgerald/Maire O'Neill/Edward Chapman
(7.4) The Lodger (silent-UK-1927) - Ivor Novello/Marie Ault/Arthur Chesney (uncredited: Reginald Gardiner)
(6.9) The Man Who Knew Too Much (UK-1934) - Leslie Banks/Edna Best/Peter Lorre
(6.0) Number Seventeen (UK-1932) - Leon M. Lion/Anne Grey/John Stuart
(6.3) The Ring (silent-UK-1927) - Carl Brisson/Lillian Hall-Davis/Ian Hunter
(7.2) Sabotage (UK-1936) - Sylvia Sidney/Oskar Homolka/Desmond Tester
(5.8) The Skin Game (UK-1931) - C.V. France/Helen Haye/Edmund Gwenn
(7.1) Young and Innocent (UK-1937) - Nova Pilbeam/Derrick De Marney/Percy Marmot