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Florian (1940)

This film is (very) loosely based on the book by Austrian author Felix Salten. It follows the life of the Lippizaner stallion Florian. Of special notice is the time when he pulled Emperor Franz Joseph's carriage.

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Edwin L. Marin
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Young ... Anton Erban
Helen Gilbert ... Duchess Diana
Charles Coburn ... Dr. Johannes Hofer
Lee Bowman ... Archduke Oliver
Reginald Owen ... Emperor Franz Josef
Lucile Watson ... Countess
Irina Baronova ... Trina
Rand Brooks ... Victor
S.Z. Sakall ... Max
William B. Davidson ... Archduke Franz Ferdinand
George Lloyd ... Marco Borelli
George Irving ... Bantry
Charles Judels ... Editor
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This film is (very) loosely based on the book by Austrian author Felix Salten. It follows the life of the Lippizaner stallion Florian. Of special notice is the time when he pulled Emperor Franz Joseph's carriage.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1940 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Lo stalliere e la granduchessa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Thursday 20 December 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11); it was first telecast in Chicago 26 January 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Minneapolis 8 March 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Altoona PA 9 March 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Binghamton NY 16 March 1957 on WNBF (Channel 12), in Portland OR 24 April 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Philadelphia 16 June 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6). in Seattle 20 August 1957 on KING (Channel 5), and in San Francisco 30 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), but its initial New York City telecast did not take place until 27 June 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). It's now in the Turner Classic Movies library, but has not been seen since it aired on TNT in December 1988, and on TCM in June 1994. Since that time, legal complications have arisen that prevent its further showings and/or DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Adelaide's Silver Screens (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Light Cavalry Overture
(uncredited)
Music by Franz von Suppé
Arranged by Franz Waxman
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A story of the white "dancing" Lippizan horses of Vienna, Austria
24 September 2005 | by L-JEAN-PETERSONSee all my reviews

I first saw the movie "Florian" around the very early 1950's. There was even an older book with the same title and story. Have been searching for a way to obtain this Robert Young movie for many years. It was my introduction to the Lippizanner stallions, their offspring, and rigorous training. It inspired me to begin riding Dressage later in life. And ultimately becoming a Trakehner horse breeder. The stories of these two breeds, and what happened to them during the European wars has many parallels. The Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria has been the home to Lippizan horses for centuries. Dressage riding looks so easy and effortless! Nothing could be further from the truth. It takes subtle cues from the rider, and complete synchronization of horse and rider. Training can take many years to achieve the wonderful "above airs" moves. This movie had a tremendous impact on my life!


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