Blossom Time (film)

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Blossom Time
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Directed by Paul L. Stein
Produced by Walter C. Mycroft
Written by Heinrich Berté
Roger Burford
George H. Clutsam
John Drinkwater
Franz Schulz
Alfred Maria Willner (libretto)
Heinz Reichert  [ de ] (libretto)
Rudolf Hans Bartsch (novel Schwammerl)
Starring Richard Tauber
Jane Baxter
Carl Esmond
Athene Seyler
Music byG. H. Clutsam
Cinematography Otto Kanturek
Bryan Langley
Edited by Leslie Norman
Release date
  • 9 July 1934 (1934-07-09)
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Blossom Time is a 1934 British musical drama film directed by Paul L. Stein and starring Richard Tauber, Jane Baxter and Carl Esmond. It was based on the opera Blossom Time by Heinrich Berté. [1] In nineteenth century Vienna, composer Franz Schubert assists a girl with whom he is secretly in love. The film had a London midnight premiere on 10 July 1934, a trade/press showing in Nottingham on 25 July, and opened to the public on 24 August at the Regal Cinema, Marble Arch, where it ran for seven weeks. The Vienna premiere was at the 'Apollo' on 20 November 1934.

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Blossom Time was voted the best British film of 1934 by the readers of Film Weekly. [2]

During the showing on 7 September 1934, Richard Tauber spoke to the audience at the Regal Cinema in London by shortwave from Vienna, where he was appearing in his own operetta 'The Singing Dream'. [3]

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References

  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | BLOSSOM TIME A ROMANCE TO THE MUSIC OF FRANZ SCHUBERT (1934)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Archived from the original on 14 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  2. "BEST FILM PERFORMANCE LAST YEAR". The Examiner (LATE NEWS EDITION and DAILY ed.). Launceston, Tasmania. 9 July 1937. p. 8. Retrieved 4 March 2013 via National Library of Australia.
  3. Daniel O'Hara: Richard Tauber Chronology, 2013