Land Without Music

Land Without Music
Directed by Walter Forde
Produced by Max Schach
Written by Armin Robinson (story) &
Fritz Koselka (story)
Rudolf Bernauer (adaptation)
Ernest Betts (additional dialogue) and
Eric Maschwitz (additional dialogue)
Marion Dix (writer)
L. du Garde Peach (writer)
Starring Jimmy Durante
Music by Oscar Straus
Van Phillips
Cinematography John W. Boyle
Edited by Lynn Harrison
Capitol Film Corporation
Distributed by General Film Distributors
Release dates
8 October 1936
Running time
80 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.

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

Plot summary

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


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