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Reunion in Vienna(1933)

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According to the Variety review, M-G-M, "in deference to the Hays code and the fear of censorship," changed Robert E. Sherwood's play by not having "Rudolf" and "Elena" sleep together. Variety continues: "This was the very foundation of the Sherwood play; the psychiatrist who realizes that his future happiness will best be conserved by permitting his wife to rid herself of a fixation for her once royal lover, now reduced to taxi driving....Revision robs the play of its sole claim to novelty of appeal and reduces itself to the level of the 'Zenda' stories. It's like diluting vintage wines to 3.2 and still maintaining it's wine."
       Although Film Daily announced that Otto Kruger was to make his screen debut in this production and included him in the cast list in its review, the actor did not appear in the final film. English-born stage actor actor Henry Travers (1874-1965), best known for his role as the angel "Clarence Oddbody" in Frank Capra's 1946 Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life, made his motion picture debut in Reunion in Vienna. For his work on the picture, cinematographer George J. Folsey received an Academy Award nomination. According to modern sources, Lionel Barrymore was announced in the part of Anton Krug but, because of other contractual obligations, was replaced by Frank Morgan. Modern sources note that the film was a box office failure.