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The Magnificent Rebel: Part 1 

The story of composer Ludwig Von Beethoven.


Georg Tressler (as George Tressler)


Joan Scott


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Episode credited cast:
Karlheinz Böhm ... Ludwig van Beethoven (as Carl Boehm)
Giulia Rubini ... Countess Giulietta
Ivan Desny ... Prince Lichnowsky
Peter Arens Peter Arens ... Karl Amenda
Oliver Grimm ... Blind Boy
Bruno Dallansky ... Schuppanzigh
Peter Capell ... Doctor
Erich Winn ... French Colonel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walt Disney ... Himself - Host


The story of composer Ludwig Von Beethoven.

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USA | Austria


English | German

Release Date:

18 November 1962 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Because of the blacklist in Hollywood, the writer of the film, Joan Scott, had to use the name "Joanne Court," as a pseudonym. See more »

Alternate Versions

Parts 1 and 2 were released together theatrically overseas as a complete film. See more »


9th Symphony
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Charming Disney Biography
30 January 2007 | by beagle-13See all my reviews

Charming biography of Ludwig van Beethoven, originally made for the "Disneyland" television series. The film skims past the maestro's early life to begin with his struggle for recognition as a young composer and his friendship with Franz Josef Hayden. Beethoven's bullish manner and tortured genius are superbly portrayed by the German concert pianist turned movie star Karl Boehm, who was born for this role - and he makes the most of it. The family-friendly requirements of being a Walt Disney production make the film seem contrived and simplistic, but that's more due the Disney style than a deficiency in Joanne Court's script. (Court, a talented writer who was blacklisted during the U.S. anti-communism hysteria in the 1950's, received screen credit as Joanne Scott.) Beautifully produced in Europe with superlative production values, this doesn't look at all like a television programme. Released theatrically in Europe and Australasia.

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