Die Grosse Attraktion (1931)

Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - Germany   |  
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Paunchy, balding, and middle-aged, Richard Tauber was hardly a likely candidate for film stardom. But Tauber's indescribably beautiful tenor voice was all his fans cared about, thus he continued to be top-billed in such vehicles as Die Grosse Attraktion (The Big Attraction) throughout the 1930s. In this one, Tauber is not called upon to act; that responsibility falls to Margo Lion and Siegfried Arno, cast as a seriocomic vaudeville dance team. Little more than a filmed variety show, Die Grosse Attraktion includes specialties by several talented revue artists, as well as tunes written by composers as diverse as Franz Lehar and Bronsilaw Kaper. In the final analysis, however, it was the presence of Richard Tauber which drew the crowds to this film like a magnet.