Verklungene Traume (1930)

Genres - Drama, Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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This German musical melodrama was released stateside as Echo of a Dream. Hans Stuwe plays the son of Rumanian aristocrat Harry Hardt. In accordance with his father's wishes, Stuwe seeks out a peasant bride to strengthen his hereditary blood for the benefit of his progeny. The girl chosen is Maly Delschaft, whom Stuwe all but kidnaps from a village celebration. But there's a hitch in the hero's plans in the form of priest Eugen Rex, who was all set to renounce his vows for Delschaft's sake. Even though there's now a baby on the way, the heroine forsakes Stuwe in favor of the self-sacrificing Rex. Such niceties as character development and logic are forgotten to make room for four robust musical numbers.

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aristocracy, betrayal, extramarital-affair, forbidden-love, love, love-triangle, marriage, marriage-of-convenience, peasant, pregnancy, priest