Review: ‘The Wedding March’

Left of all the footage on Wed ding March are 10 reels, with the finish where intermission would have been had the picture come in for $2 with the rest of it. Also remaining is a ponderous slow moving production and some beautiful photography telling a very familiar story, the tip off on which is the lead title, 'Vienna 1914'. It's fair but hardly brilliant program material which the boys salvaged from a regiment of reels.

Left of all the footage on Wed ding March are 10 reels, with the finish where intermission would have been had the picture come in for $2 with the rest of it. Also remaining is a ponderous slow moving production and some beautiful photography telling a very familiar story, the tip off on which is the lead title, ‘Vienna 1914’. It’s fair but hardly brilliant program material which the boys salvaged from a regiment of reels.

Scissors to the right and left, leaving most of the picture still in cans, cut the story to the well-known blue-blooded Austrian army officer having his fling with the country maiden and then wedding a limping heiress as the seduced rural miss promises marriage to pacify the brow-beating butcher who has threatened the life of the hit-and-run lieutenant.

Fay Wray appeals and convinces as the shy, pretty-faced and innocent victim, while Stroheim’s scoundrel is interesting, despite the half-hearted attempt to soften the character. George Fawcett and George Nichols make conventional fathers. Maude George will startle the peasants with her cigar-smoking mother of Nicki. ZaSu Pitts is the crippled princess, giving the role legitimate interpretation.

Getting Wed ding March to a screen took something like two years and over $1 million. Main defect is that deletion has not added pace. Synchronized score is excellent and shows judgment in the use of minor effects.

The Wedding March

Production

Paramount. Director Erich von Stroheim; Producer Pat Powers; Screenplay Erich von Stroheim, Harry Carr; Camera Ben Reynolds, Hal Mohr; Editor Josef von Sternberg; Music J.B. Zamencnik, Louis de Francesco; Art Director Erich von Stroheim, Richard Day

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1928. Running time: 115 MIN.

With

Erich von Stroheim Fay Wray George Fawcett George Nichols ZaSu Pitts Maude George
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