Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Henry Koster|
|Produced by||Joe Pasternak|
|Story by||Ernst Marischka|
|Music by||Hans J. Salter (uncredited)|
|Cinematography||Joseph A. Valentine|
|Edited by||Bernard W. Burton|
|Distributed by||Universal Studios|
|Running time||89 minutes|
Spring Parade is a 1940 American musical comedy film directed by Henry Koster and starring Deanna Durbin. Based on a story by Ernst Marischka, the film is about an Hungarian woman who attends a Viennese fair and buys a card from a gypsy fortune teller which says she will meet someone important and is destined for a happy marriage. Soon after the woman gets a job as a baker's assistant and meets a handsome army drummer who dreams of becoming a famous composer and conductor, but is held back by the military which discourages original music. Wanting to help the army drummer, the woman sends one of his waltzes to the Austrian Emperor with his weekly order of pastries, which leads to the tuneful and joyous fulfillment of the gypsy's prediction. Spring Parade received four Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Original Song, Best Musical Score, and Best Sound Recording.
- Deanna Durbin as Ilonka Tolnay
- Robert Cummings as Corporal Harry Marten
- Mischa Auer as Gustav
- Henry Stephenson as Emperor Franz Joseph
- S. Z. Sakall as Laci Teschek - the Baker
- Billy Lenhart as Max
- Kenneth Brown as Moritz
- Walter Catlett as Headwaiter
- Anne Gwynne as Jenny
- Allyn Joslyn as Count Zorndorf
- Peggy Moran as Archduchess Irene
- Reginald Denny as The Major
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards.
- Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) (Joseph Valentine)
- Best Original Song (Robert Stolz AND Gus Kahn, for "Waltzing in the Clouds")
- Best Musical Score (Charles Previn)
- Best Sound Recording (Bernard B. Brown)
- "Spring Parade (1940)". The New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
- "The 13th Academy Awards (1941) Nominees and Winners". Oscars. Retrieved August 13, 2011.
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