Serenade represented the return to the screen of international favorite Lillian Harvey after an absence of two years. Based loosely on the life of composer Franz Schubert, the film casts Bernard Lancret as Schubert, Harvey as his dancer sweetheart, and Louis Jouvet as a possessive Baron who has his own designs on our heroine. Ultimately, the Baron gracefully bows out of the girl's life, allowing her to serve as the inspiration for Schubert's classic compositions "Serenade" and "Rosalinde". Felix Oudart provides the standard comedy relief as Harvey's excitable stage director. At the time of the film's release, critics felt that 34-year-old Lillian Harvey was a bit long in tooth for her role, a notion vehemently put down by her legions of admirers.
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