Viennese Nights (1930) is a musical operetta film photographed entirely in Technicolor and released by Warner Brothers. The movie was filmed in March and April 1930, before anyone realized the extent of the economic hardships that would arrive with Great Depression, which began in the autumn of that year. Although not a box office hit in the USA, the film had long box office runs in England and Australia. It is one of the earliest sound films to have a short pre-credit sequence.
Viennese Nights was the first of four original screen musicals that the team of Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein II were to create for Warner Brothers over a two-year period. There were to be paid $100,000 a piece per film against 25 percent of the profits. This deal was made early in 1930, before anyone realized that the Great Depression would be eminent later that year. These economic problems caused... Read More