The Angel with the Trumpet (March 20, 1950)
Released on March 20, 1950: An epic love story of Henrietta in Old Vienna, who after losing her Royal true love raises a family with her wealthy husband including a daughter who, like her many years ago, wants to chase true love instead of tradition.
Produced by Karl Hartl
Directed by Anthony Bushell
Written by Ernst Lothar with screenplay by Clemence Dane, Karl Hartl and Franz Tassie
The Actors: Eileen Herlie (Henrietta Stein), Basil Sydney (Francis Alt), Norman Wooland (Prince Rudolf), Maria Schell (Anna Linden), Wilfrid Hyde-White (Simmerl the butler), Olga Edwardes (Monica Alt), Andrew Cruickshank (Otto Alt), John Justin (Paul Alt), Oskar Werner (Herman Alt), Marc Anthony (Freddie), Dorothy Batley (Pauline Drauffer), Titia Brookes (Henrietta Alt II), Anthony Bushell (Baron Hugo Traun), John Corbett (Francis Alt as a child), Campbell Cotts (General Paskiewicz), Brian Crown (Paul Alt as a child), David Davies (Nazi leader), Anton Edthofer (Emperor Franz Joseph), Jack Faint (Hausmann), Jill Gibbs (Monica Alt as a child), Olive Gregg (flower shop assistant), Jane Henderson (Gretel Paskiewicz), Nigel Neilson (Nazi), Alfred Neugebauer (Magistrate), Derrick Penley (Nazi), Joan Schofield (governess), John Van Eyssen (Albert Drauffer), Meadows White (Czerny), Alan Wolleston (Herman Alt as a child)
Forgive me for marrying you . . .
Okay guys, you have permission to watch football in your man-cave, or go golfing or some other 'guy' thing while the gals are enjoying this epic romantic weeper of a story about the life of a gay young lady in Vienna. Gals, remember when you were a very young girl and one day you awoke from your afternoon nap to find your mama curled up in the big over-stuffed chair in the corner of the room with her head bowed staring intently at an open book on her lap? Remember how once in a while she would pull out the handkerchief that her grandmother had given her . . . the one with hand-tatted lace around the edges? Remember how your mama would gently dab at her red, tear-stained eyes with that handkerchief and ask you if you wanted to read the book when she was finished with it? Remember how you told her that you would rather wait for the movie? This is that movie. Henrietta Stein loves Prince Rudolf of Austria, but their love can never be fulfilled, so she accepts a marriage proposal from Francis Alt, member of a wealthy and old Austrian family. The crown prince who loves her commits suicide on the day of her wedding, and her new husband and his family know about the love that they had for each other. She is never passionately in love with her husband, and is tempted by the attention of Baron Hugo, the best friend of her true-love Prince, and when her husband discovers that they have been seeing each other he challenges the Baron to a duel to the death. The husband that she doesn't love kills the Baron that brought some joy into her life and Henrietta settles into a life of duty to her family. Her family includes two sons and a daughter . . . a daughter who, like herself falls in love with a man who is 'outside' her accepted circle. World War I intrudes on her life and family, and then World War II begins and, as it is beginning, her life comes to a disastrous end, and the next generation is taking over, for better or worse, remembering the woman who gave them life and personality, under the family symbol of the Angel with the Trumpet in old Vienna. There are no laughs in this drama of life and love, only a very realistic peek at life in Old Vienna during very momentous times as Henrietta deals with the fate that life brings to her. Pop a big bowl of popcorn with warm melted butter drizzled over it, grab the Kleenex, and enjoy a great family drama.
Anghony Bushell and Norman Wooland
Anton Edthofer as Emperor Franz Joseph
Basil Sydney and Eileen Herlie exchange wedding vows
Eileen Herlie and Anthony Bushell
Eileen Herlie and Wilfrid Hyde-White
Eileen Herlie and Wilfrid Hyde-White
Eileen Herlie as Henrietta Stein-Alt
Maria Schell and John Justin
Maria Schell as Anna Linden
Maria Schell in The Angel with the Trumpet
Norman Wooland and Eileen Herlie
Oskar Werner and Wilfrid Hyde-White