Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Originally Der Unsterbliche Lump, this German operetta is based on a popular stage piece by Edmund Eyster. Set on the Austrian Tyrol, the story begins when a poverty-stricken village schoolmaster (Gustav Froelich) proposes marriage to the postmaster's daughter (Liane Haid). The girl's father would prefer that she marry a wealthy farmer, and he sends the schoolmaster packing. Our hero heads to Vienna, where he writes an operetta with the hope of striking it rich and proving to be a suitable bridegroom. In the meantime, however, the girl has been browbeaten into marrying the man of her father's choice. On the opening night of his operetta, the grief-stricken schoolmaster hears the first notes of the aria written in honor of his sweetheart and goes into a rage of hysteria. The production proves a great success, but its author doesn't know it; he has become a hobo and disappeared into the night. Presumed dead, the schoolmaster resurfaces years later when a statue in his honor is erected in his hometown, whereupon his old girlfriend leaves her bourgeois husband and goes "on the bum" with her true love.
boy, cow, dedication, drowning, family-disapproval, farming, father, forbidden-love, girl, love, marriage, monument, music, opera, return, river, sweetheart, town, vagabond