Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The third production from the newly formed postwar Austrian film industry, Praterbuben (Boys of the Prater) endured numerous censorial cuts before its release in early 1947. The crux of the problem was that the film depicted the mischievous misadventures of the Vienna Boys' Choir, causing the choir's representatives to complain that their organization was being depicted in an unfavorable light. There was nothing remotely offensive about the release version of Praterbuben, which plays like an extended musical adaptaiton of The Little Rascals. What plot there is concerns a choirboy who inveigles his wealthy father into bankrolling a play that the boy's friend has written. Minus this angle, Praterbuben was more or less remade by Disney in 1962 as Almost Angels.
behind-enemy-lines, choirboy, fundraiser, play [recreation]