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Reunion in Vienna (1933)

An archduke who had been banished from Austria returns to Vienna for a reunion of his old fellow aristocrats and meets up with the former love of his life, who is now married to a psychoanalyst.

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Sidney Franklin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Barrymore ... Archduke Rudolf von Habsburg
Diana Wynyard ... Elena Krug
Frank Morgan ... Dr. Anton Krug
Henry Travers ... Father Krug
May Robson ... Frau Lucher
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Pofferoff aka Poffy
Una Merkel ... Ilsa Hinrich
Bodil Rosing ... Kathie - the Krug Family Maid
Bela Loblov Bela Loblov ... Musician
Morris Nussbaum Morris Nussbaum ... Musician
Nella Walker ... Countess Von Stainz
Herbert Evans ... Count Von Stainz
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An archduke who had been banished from Austria returns to Vienna for a reunion of his old fellow aristocrats and meets up with the former love of his life, who is now married to a psychoanalyst.

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Glamorous and gay with music. reckless romance of love and laughter! (Print Ad, The Mercury, ((Hobart, Tasmania)) 31 July 1933)

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As originally cast, the film was to have starred not only John Barrymore but also Lionel Barrymore, the latter portraying the female protagonist's psychoanalyst/husband. That role ultimately went to Frank Morgan when, for whatever reasons, MGM's Plan B, Roland Young (as reported by Eileen Percy in the Jan. 20, 1933 issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) fell through. See more »

Connections

Version of ITV Play of the Week: Reunion in Vienna (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
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Music by Johann Strauss
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Slow and exaggerated
16 February 2020 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

The first fifteen minutes of Reunion in Vienna is confusing, but compared to the rest of the movie, it's much better. Diana Wynyard is shows attending a tour of a grand Viennese palace, and she slips away from the rest of the group and imagines herself in a royal gown meeting the prince from long ago. Then, at home, she's bored with her husband Frank Morgan and father-in-law Henry Travers. It makes the audience think the movie is a fantasy about a bored housewife who wishes she could meet a prince.

Instead, the prince is not only real, but he's her ex-boyfriend. He was exiled after a change of power, and then Diana married Frank. Frank is a famous psychologist who carries the theory to his patients, including Una Merkel, that a woman's first love is glorified in her mind and that if she saw him again as he was, he'd topple from his pedestal. So, putting his money where his mouth is, Frank tells Diana to go to May Robson's party because he knows Prince John Barrymore will be in attendance. He believes she'll come running home with open arms. However, as soon as John graces the screen, he slows the tempo down and makes everyone think they're watching him onstage. His performance is very exaggerated, and he and Diana don't seem to have any shared history that would make her doubt her happiness at home.

This story isn't very interesting, since the majority of the movie tries to show tension between Diana and John, rather than the psychology behind Frank's theory. No one is at his or her best acting, so if you're a fan of the cast, try renting one of their other movies tonight.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 June 1933 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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