Reunion in Vienna

Rendez -vous in Vienna is an American comedy film from the year 1933 by Sidney Franklin. The screenplay is based on a play of the later Pulitzer Prize winner Robert E. Sherwood. The film is one of the so-called Pre- Code films that were produced in the period before the Hays Code, the censorship and production standards for U.S. films. The film premiered on May 2, 1933. In Germany the film was first published on April 17 in 1991 in a televised radio station RTL plus.


Elena pitcher, the wife of the famous Viennese psychiatrist Dr. Anton Krug, spends an afternoon in the park of the Schönbrunn Palace. She reminisces on a romance with Rudolf Maximilian, the Habsburg Archduke. When she gets home, she learns that Rudolf, who had to go into exile, coming to Austria to participate in the celebration of the 100th birthday of the emperor. Elena has concluded with the old days and keeps to her husband, who makes the claim to power of the Habsburgs with a published speech in question. In order to help her break with the past, Anton asks them to attend the celebration.

Rudolf, who has worked in Paris as a taxi driver, sneaks dressed in the hotel Lucher in which Elena is descended. He asks from the owner, Mrs. Luchre, according to Elena. Woman Lucher tried to fob Rudolf, but Elena show, without that it could be warned. Rudolf tried in vain to get closer to her. Elena tells him that she loved her husband. However, Rudolf can not be put off and plugged unnoticed Elena's wedding ring one. He strives to bring Elena to spend the night with him. But Elena can free himself from Rudolf's arms and leave the hotel. Rudolf follows her home and can evade the police after him seeking.

Anton otherwise unshakable, the arrogant behavior of Rudolph can not take it anymore and calls him to a fist fight. But before it comes to a fight, Anton recognizes full horror that Rudolf has brought him through his provocative behavior in a jealous rage. Rudolf noticed that the police reached the house of the psychiatrist. Elena impels that Anton talks with the police and Rudolf hiding. Anton comes back and tells his wife that he must talk to the police chief. Rudolf's sense of honor prevents him to seduce the wife of his patron. Elena makes Rudolf clear that his time is counted as a privileged rascal.

The next morning, Rudolf entertains with Elena and her father. Anton has reached that Rudolf sure can travel to the border. Rudolf can slide off the other, Elena's wedding ring in Anton's hand and says farewell.


The lexicon of the International film describes the film as " largely entertaining, if somewhat dusty comedy film with solid performances of the actors. " The New York Times judges, Sidney Franklin had made a " wonderfully crafted film," the tempo is calculated accurately.


1934 George J. Folsey was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.


For the equipment of the MGM production attended art director Cedric Gibbons and Set Decorator Edwin B. Willis. For sound, Douglas Shearer was responsible.

For Henry Travers, who plays the father of Elena, the film was his big screen debut.