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It Was a Gay Ballnight (1939)

94 min | Drama

1865. Katharina goes to a ball in Moscow. There she meets again Tchaikowsky, her first and only love. The young, who is now married to wealthy Michael Iwanowitsch Murakin, a man she does not love, has not forgotten Piotr Illich, the (not ...See more1865. Katharina goes to a ball in Moscow. There she meets again Tchaikowsky, her first and only love. The young, who is now married to wealthy Michael Iwanowitsch Murakin, a man she does not love, has not forgotten Piotr Illich, the (not yet) famous composer. Both are still in love with each other but Piotr is engaged to Nastassia, a dancer, while for her part Katharina cannot leave her husband. Tchaikowky's first love then decides to sacrifice her happiness to the success of the composer, sponsoring him in secret. Something Piotr will learn only years after. When Katharina finds herself free at last it is too late: Tchaikowsky is dying of cholera and she only has time to close his eyes. Written by Guy Bellinger See less
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Writers
Jean Victor (story) | Georg Wittuhn (story) | Géza von Cziffra (screenplay) (novel) | Frank Thieß (dialogue)
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Updated Aug 13, 1939

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Nov 3, 1939 (United States)

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Zarah Leander
Katharina Alexandrowna Murakina, Michael Iwanowitschs Frau Katharina Alexandrowna Murakina, Michael Iwanowitschs Frau   See fewer
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Aribert Wäscher
Michael Iwanowitsch Murakin Michael Iwanowitsch Murakin   See fewer
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Hans Stüwe
Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowsky   See fewer
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Marika Rökk
Nastassja Petrowna Jarowa, Dancer Nastassja Petrowna Jarowa, Dancer   See fewer
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Leo Slezak
Prof. Otto Hunsinger Prof. Otto Hunsinger   See fewer
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Fritz Rasp
Porphyr Philippowitsch Kruglikow, Kritiker Porphyr Philippowitsch Kruglikow, Kritiker   See fewer
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Paul Dahlke
Iwan Casarowitsch Glykow, Music publisher Iwan Casarowitsch Glykow, Music publisher   See fewer
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Hugo Froelich
Vater Jarow Vater Jarow   See fewer
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Karl Haubenreißer
Gruda, Konzertagent Gruda, Konzertagent   See fewer
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Karl Hellmer
Stepan, Butler Stepan, Butler   See fewer
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Wolfgang von Schwindt
Onkel Jarow Onkel Jarow   See fewer
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Kurt Vespermann
Ferdyschtschenko Ferdyschtschenko   See fewer
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Traute Bengen
Mother waiting at Station (uncredited) Mother waiting at Station (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eduard Bornträger
Schwager Jarow (uncredited) Schwager Jarow (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ernst Dumcke
Dmitri Pawlowitsch Miljukin (uncredited) Dmitri Pawlowitsch Miljukin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Max Harry Ernst
Guest at Concert (uncredited) Guest at Concert (uncredited)   See fewer
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Claire Glib
Eine dicke Dame (uncredited) Eine dicke Dame (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lotte Goebel
Sonja, Katharina's Maid (uncredited) Sonja, Katharina's Maid (uncredited)   See fewer
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Grete Greef-Fabri
Mutter Jarrow (uncredited) Mutter Jarrow (uncredited)   See fewer
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Karl Hannemann
Pjotr, Murakins Butler (uncredited) Pjotr, Murakins Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eva Immermann
Eine junge Fürstin (uncredited) Eine junge Fürstin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gerda Kuhlmey
Katharina's Guest (uncredited) Katharina's Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maria Loja
Elsa Siebeneiner (uncredited) Elsa Siebeneiner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Benno Mueller
Gast beim Konzert (uncredited) Gast beim Konzert (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maria Reisenhofer
Eine alte Fürstin (uncredited) Eine alte Fürstin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ferdinand Robert
Guest at Masked Ball (uncredited) Guest at Masked Ball (uncredited)   See fewer
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Franz Stein
Dr. Ossorgin (uncredited) Dr. Ossorgin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arnim Suessenguth
Großfürst Konstantin Konstantinowitsch (uncredited) Großfürst Konstantin Konstantinowitsch (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leopold von Ledebur
Ein General (uncredited) Ein General (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eva Wegener
Katharina's Guest (uncredited) Katharina's Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.9 / 10 | 92 votes