The Theater: New Musical in Manhattan, Jul. 30, 1945

Marinka (music by Emmerich Kalman; book and lyrics by George Marion Jr. & Karl Farkas; produced by Jules J. Leventhal & Harry Howard) is the cinema Mayerling in routine operetta form—which means Mayerling with a happy ending but some fairly unhappy flourishes en route.

This version of the love story of the Austro-Hungarian royal heir (Harry Stockwell) and his unroyal Marinka (Joan Roberts) furnishes a good deal more low comedy than high romance. It is told without style or period elegance, in a lurching effort to reconcile antics with atmosphere. As a result, the...

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