Meanwhile, the Baron is infatuated with struggling young actress Rosa, who already has a true-love fiancee. She befriends the elderly man thrown onto the streets by the Baron’s tenement strong-armers; this Old Jens recognizes his late neighbor’s work as the stage hit now doing smash business under the Baron’s byline. Confrontation, and justice, is inevitable.
Melodrama goes over the top only in this final chapter, as Baron’s confessional disgrace is too neatly orchestrated. Otherwise, perfs are admirably restrained, sans grand gestures (the Artaud-like poet aside). Screenplay creditably does not emphasize the predictable young lovers at expense of the central storyline. Modest production values are belied via good use of exteriors and smooth interior photography, which falters only in awkwardly denying us a glimpse at the “Night Music” legit staging.
Restored print is in fine shape, with most sequences tinted either sepia, blue or reddish gold. (Intertitles are clearly newly printed.) Pic’s emotional simplicity holds up well against contemporaneous Hollywood efforts, suggesting Klercker as a talent well worth further archival exposure.