Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Appropriately, the title of this nostalgic Austrian musical translates to Vienna, As it Was. The story concerns a wealthy father who hopes to wean his spoiled son from his wastrel ways. To teach the boy a lesson, dad sells his business short, plunging his family into destitution. The boy straightens up and flies right in a hurry, allowing father to buy back his business at a tidy profit. Many of the nonmusical scenes in Verklungenes Wien play like something out of an old, musty operetta, and as such couldn't have meant much to American audiences in 1951. The music, however, is very pleasant and easy to take.
poor-family, poverty, riches-to-rags