Land Without Music

Land Without Music is a 1936 British comedy film directed by Walter Forde and starring Richard Tauber, Diana Napier and Jimmy Durante. It was made at Denham Studios.[1] The film was one of a number of operetta films made in Britain during the decade.

Land Without Music
Directed byWalter Forde
Written by
Produced byMax Schach
StarringJimmy Durante
CinematographyJohn W. Boyle
Edited byLynn Harrison
Music by
Capitol Film Corporation
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
8 October 1936
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film is also known by the alternative title Forbidden Music in the United States.

Plot summaryEdit

After discovering that her state is penniless because its citizens spend their time making music instead of money, a European Grand Duchess bans music in her domains.[2] A New York journalist conspires with rogues to stage a concert.



The musical score for this film was composed by Oscar Straus. The main songs are 'Simple Little Melody', 'Smile for Me', 'Heaven in a Song' and 'You must have Music', all of which were recorded by Tauber for Parlophone.


  1. ^ Wood p. 91
  2. ^ LAND WITHOUT MUSIC (1936) Because Films Inspire


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927–1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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