Spring Parade

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Spring Parade
Spring Parade FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHenry Koster
Produced byJoe Pasternak
Screenplay by
Story byErnst Marischka
StarringDeanna Durbin
Music byHans J. Salter (uncredited)
CinematographyJoseph A. Valentine
Edited byBernard W. Burton
Distributed byUniversal Studios
Release date
  • September 27, 1940 (1940-09-27) (US)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States

Spring Parade is a 1940 American musical comedy film directed by Henry Koster and starring Deanna Durbin.[1] It is a remake of the 1934 film Spring Parade. Producer Joe Pasternak and screenwriter Ernst Marischka worked on both films.


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.



The film was nominated for four Academy Awards.[3]

  • 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 received four Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Original Song, Best Musical Score, and Best Sound Recording.[2]


  1. ^ "Spring Parade (1940)". Turner Classic Movies. tcm.com. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Spring Parade (1940)". The New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  3. ^ "The 13th Academy Awards (1941) Nominees and Winners". Oscars. Retrieved August 13, 2011.

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