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A brief segment from the life of the famed composer Franz Schubert is the basis for this film. Curtis, as the composer, flees Vienna to avoid induction into the military. He takes refuge at the estate of Barnes, where he meets and falls in love with Massey, the manager of the estate. They return to Vienna, and Massey concentrates on making sure Curtis receives the recognition he is due, going so far as a meeting with Beethoven (Basserman). Curtis takes a job as a schoolteacher in order to support his future wife, but Massey returns to Hungary to allow the composer to devote himself to his music. The story is intertwined with a performance of a Schubert symphony at Carnegie Hall, where a romance between a young boy and girl in the audience is beginning. There are eight Schubert compositions featured in this picture, making it a worthwhile experience. The direction moves along at a smooth pace, but Massey and Curtis are overly stiff. Basserman provides a good depiction of Beethoven. Massey sings "Ave Maria."