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Mendelssohn's Wedding March (1939)

Approved | | Short, Drama, Music | 4 November 1939 (USA)
Fanciful account of how Mendelssohn came to write "The Wedding March."

Director:

James A. FitzPatrick (as James A. Fitzpatrick)

Writer:

James A. FitzPatrick (as James A. Fitzpatrick)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mary Anderson ... Hilda (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... The Baron (uncredited)
Lou Rademan Lou Rademan ... Hilda's Sweetheart (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Wedding Celebrant (uncredited)
George Sorel George Sorel ... Mendelssohn (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Priest (as Fred Warren) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A prologue states the incident depicted is said to have occurred near Leipzig over 100 years earlier. The Baron and Herr Mendelssohn overhear Mendelssohn's violin concerto being played by a peasant while his fiancée, Hilda, is dancing around. Invited to play at the Baron's house, the peasant is offered a chance to study at the Conservatory in Leipzig, but he refuses. Hilda explains he refused because they were to be married, so the Baron tells her she will go with him and Herr Mendelssohn will write their wedding march. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Short | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mendelssohn's Wedding March: A Musical Romance See more »

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Production Co:

FitzPatrick Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[title card]
Title Card: Felix Mendelssohn, one of the world's foremost composers, was born of Jewish parents, in Germany, February 3, 1809. His material worries were minimized by family wealth, and consequently he devoted much of his time to helping musicians less fortunate than himself - as illustrated in the following incident, said to have taken place near Leipzig, over a hundred years ago.
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Soundtracks

On Wings Of Song
(uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played by the peasant at the Baron's house
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Worth Watching for the Technicolor
9 June 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Mendelssohn's Wedding March (1939)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A pretty straight-forward bio-pic from MGM tells the story of Felix Mendelssohn, a name most won't know but his immortal "Wedding March" is perhaps the best known music ever written. This film tells the story of how he came to write the music and the reason behind it. I don't know a thing about Mendelssohn or his life but for some strange reason nothing I watched here jumped out at me as being true history. Either way, the film is decent enough as a 8-minute time killer but it's certainly nothing deep or overly special. I think the main reason to watch the film is for its Technicolor, which really looks amazing. The film almost looks like a dream as the colors are so beautiful and you'll see how much so in the opening sequence. The greens really jump off the screen and these brief scenes really make the film worth viewing. As for everything else, FitzPatrick handles the material fairly well but he really doesn't do anything special with it. Mary Anderson is the standout here as the woman who will be getting married.


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