Cinema: The New Pictures: Dec. 18, 1939

The Great Victor Herbert (Paramount) opens with a stern view of the bulgy, bobbing little maestro tripping down the centre aisle of a theatre to conduct a synthetic Victor Herbert operetta. When he turns to make his bow, the audience sees that he is just able, amiable Walter Connolly dressed up to look like the composer. But few people who go to see The Great Victor Herbert will give a tenor's whoop what Victor Herbert looked like. They will want to (and will) hear Allan Jones and Mary Martin sing Victor Herbert's lilting tunes with freshness and charm.

They sing plenty: lyric...

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