Passed | | Comedy, Family, Musical
Maria and Karl Lang are the singing duo of Vienna. Maria is very flirtatious and Karl very jealous. Karl decides to masquerade as a Russian guardsman and attempts to make Maria flirt with ... See full summary »
This has interesting origins from musical and non-musical plays. In 1909, the operetta "The Chocolate Soldier" opened in New York. This was based on the non-musical play "Arms and the Man" by George Bernard Shaw. However, Shaw voiced objections to his play being adapted as an operetta. A silent film adaptation, The Chocolate Soldier (1914), based on the New York operetta, omitted any reference to George Bernard Shaw. In 1911, a Hungarian non-musical play "Testör" ("The Guardsman") by Ferenc Molnár, opened in Budapest. In 1941 when this film was made, George Bernard Shaw was still alive. Therefore, the music of the New York operetta and the plot of the Hungarian non-musical play "The Guardsman" were used.