The Great Victor Herbert (1939)

NR 12/29/1939 (US) MusicRomance 1h 31m
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In his last film assignment, portly Walter Connolly fills the title role (in more ways than one) in The Great Victor Herbert. Very little of Herbert's life story is incorporated in the screenplay (a closing title actually apologizes for the film's paucity of cold hard facts); instead, the writers allow the famed composer's works to speak for themselves. In the tradition of one of his own operettas, Herbert spends most of his time patching up the shaky marriage between tenor John Ramsey (Allan Jones) and Louise Hall (Mary Martin). Many of Herbert's most famous compositions are well in evidence, including "Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life", "March of the Toys" and "Kiss Me Again", the latter performed con brio by teenaged coloratura Susanna Foster. Evidently, the producers were able to secure the film rights for the Herbert songs, but not for the stage productions in which they appeared, which may explain such bizarre interpolations as having a song from Naughty Marietta.

  1. Andrew L. Stone

    Director, Story

  2. Robert Lively

    Screenplay, Story

  3. Russel Crouse


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  1. Allan Jones

    Allan Jones

    John Ramsey

  2. Mary Martin

    Mary Martin

    Louise Hall

  3. Walter Connolly

    Walter Connolly

    Victor Herbert

  4. Lee Bowman

    Lee Bowman

    Dr. Richard Moore

  5. Susanna Foster

    Susanna Foster


  6. Judith Barrett

    Judith Barrett

    Marie Clark

  7. Jerome Cowan

    Jerome Cowan

    Barney Harris

  8. John Garrick

    John Garrick

    Warner Bryant

  9. Pierre Watkin

    Pierre Watkin

    Albert Martin

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The Great Victor Herbert
The Great Victor Herbert

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Original Language English

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