Pesti Szerelem (1934)

Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Hungary  |  
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Pesti Szerelem (aka Scandal in Budapest and Romance in Budapest) serves as a vehicle for Hungarian stage favorite Franciska Gaal. Though billed third, Gaal dominates the proceedings as Eve, the little disturber who nearly breaks up the romance between Mr. and Mrs. Balogh (Julius Gozon, Lilina Berky). Among the supporting players is Szoke Szakall, who later gained Hollywood fame as S. Z. "Cuddles" Sakall. Reportedly, it was on the strength of Pesti Szerelem that Cecil B. DeMille cast Franciska Gaal in his 1938 historical epic The Buccaneer. The film was the first Hungarian effort in several years for its director Geza Von Bolvary, who'd recently been chased out of his adopted country of Germany by the Hitler regime.