Walzerkrieg (1933)

Genres - Musical  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature]  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Another spin on the life of "waltz king" Joseph Strauss, Walzerkrug (Battle of the Waltzes) is typical of the escapist musicals produced in Germany during the Third Reich. Having never heard a Viennese waltz, young Queen Victoria (Hanna Waag) orders the British ambassador to Austria to check out a prominent composer named Joseph Lanner (Paul Hoerbiger). The ambassador intends to bring Lanner and his orchestra to England, but is sidetracked when he discovers that first violinist Joseph Strauss (Adolf Wohlbrueck) is the most musically gifted of Lanner's aggregation. When Strauss is presented to Victoria's court, a "war of music" develops between the young violinist and pompous English composer Sir Philip (Theo Lingen). The whole matter is somehow settled when Strauss and Lanner team up to compose the famous Radetzky March (if only WWII could have been so easily avoided!)