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Spring Parade (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 27 September 1940 (USA)
In this light and lovely romantic musical, a Hungarian woman(Deanna Durbin) attends a Viennese fair and buys a card from a gypsy fortune teller. It says that she will meet someone important... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Bruce Manning (screenplay), Felix Jackson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deanna Durbin ... Ilonka Tolnay
Robert Cummings ... Corporal Harry Marten
Mischa Auer ... Gustav
Henry Stephenson ... Emperor Franz Joseph
S.Z. Sakall ... Latislav Teschek - the Baker
Billy Lenhart Billy Lenhart ... Max (as Butch)
Kenneth Brown Kenneth Brown ... Moritz (as Buddy)
Walter Catlett ... Headwaiter
Anne Gwynne ... Jenny
Allyn Joslyn ... Count Zorndorf
Peggy Moran ... Archduchess Irene
Reginald Denny ... The Major
Franklin Pangborn ... Wiedlemeyer
Edward Gargan ... Inga - the Fortune Teller (as Ed Gargan)
Wade Boteler ... Sergeant
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Storyline

In this light and lovely romantic musical, a Hungarian woman(Deanna Durbin) attends a Viennese fair and buys a card from a gypsy fortune teller. It says that she will meet someone important and is destined for a happy marriage. Afterward she gets a job as a baker's assistant. She then meets a handsome army drummer (Robert Cummings) who secretly dreams of becoming a famous composer and conductor. Unfortunately the military forbids the young corporal to create his own music. But then Ilonka (Durbin) secretly sends one of the drummer's waltzes to the Austrian Emperor with his weekly order of pastries. Her act paves the way toward the tuneful and joyous fulfillment of the gypsy's prediction. Written by Stephen Hawkins

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vienna austria | remake | See All (2) »

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LIVE, LAUGH and LOVE! With a Dancing, Romancing Deanna!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anoixiatiki parelasis See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

It's Foolish But It's Fun
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Music by Robert Stolz
Performed by Deanna Durbin
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Nice, enjoyable fluff about yesteryear..
7 July 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you're looking for a deep film or a picture that will make it to the Criterion Collection, well, you won't find it here or in any of Deanna Durbin's films. Instead, her films are nice...nice family films and "Spring Parade" is certainly nice.

When the story begins, Ilonka (Deanna Durbin) is at the fair and trying to sell her goat. Instead, she ends up singing and seeing a fortune telling bird...yes bird. And, although the fortune seems ridiculous, the pieces all fall together--beginning with her falling asleep in a pile of hay and the hay ending up in Vienna. This is the nice, idyllic Vienna of old...before WWI and the slaughter of millions. Illona has a bit of an adventure here and ultimately meets the man of her dreams AND the Emperor!

She sings, she's sweet and she wears lovely dresses. Fortunately, she also has some nice support from the likes of Cuddles Sakall and Henry Stevenson! Well worth seeing and a bit like a fairy tale.


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