4 March 2019 | richard-camhi
Three years before the Marx Brothers made "Night at the Opera," this gem came along, with amazing parallels, including the stowaway onboard the ship, the rival opera companies, the tenor who can't get an engagement, and much memorable slapstick. There is also a lot of great singing, mostly by Kiepura in his absolute prime. Martha Eggerth hardly gets a chance to sing in this one, but she's still adorable, and positively glows when Kiepura is there. Marischka has written yet another fun-filled screenplay, and Theo Lingen, Paul Hörbiger, and Paul Kemp know just where the laughs are. There are juicy portions of "Tosca" performed, surprisingly in Italian, and Kiepura also does a splendid "Nessun Dorma," although in German. Wonderful entertainment for those who like comedy mixed with wonderfully performed music.