Cast & Crew
Three young men--Franz, Otto, and Gus--friends from childhood, leave their homes to take their places in the Austrian Army. Franz becomes a lieutenant, and military discipline ends his friendship with Otto and Gus. Otto falls in love with Elsa, a cobbler's daughter, and he and Gus take her to a cafe; there Franz falls in love with Elsa and takes her from Otto, who is helpless before an officer, and persuades her to marry him. Heartbroken, Otto goes to America with Gus; 11 years later he is playing the violin in a theater orchestra, struggling to support a child by his wife, Emma. When he again sees Elsa at the theater and learns she is unhappy, they determine to defy conventions, but learning of his child, she sacrifices her happiness and returns to Franz. Forty years later, Elsa expects her granddaughter, Barbara, to marry wealth and revive the family fortune, but the girl elopes with an American composer, who, Elsa discovers, is Otto's grandson. Renewing the romance of her youth, Elsa dreams that Otto comes and sings to her, comforting her in old age.