Waltzes from Vienna (Strauss' Great Waltz)
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Waltzes from Vienna (Strauss' Great Waltz)
Anxious to finish off his contract with British International Pictures, Alfred Hitchcock agreed to direct Waltzes from Vienna, a schmaltzy musical about "waltz king" Joseph Strauss and his son Joseph Jr. Edmund Gwenn stars as the elder Strauss, with Esmond Knight as his talented progeny. The crux of the film is the intense rivalry between the two Strausses, which is somehow resolved by the inaugural performance of Joseph Junior's "The Blue Danube." Displeased with his work in this film, Hitchcock at one point threw up his hands and confessed to his actors "I hate… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This anomaly of a musical biopic is one of Hitchcock's few weak films that even he did not like."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The perception of it as a fumbled trifle is dismissed as soon as Hitchcock lays out the artist's dilemma, the kind that would keep hounding him: "Either you're a musician, or a confectioner.""
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A soppy, ineffectual musical."
‑ , Film4
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