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30 March 1929 (USA) See more »
A rope bridge over a gorge in the Peruvian Andes snaps, sending five people plunging to their deaths. A priest sets out to find out more about the life of each of the victims. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Charles Brabin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marian Ainslee  writer
Ruth Cummings  writer
Alice D.G. Miller  writer
Thornton Wilder  novel

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
Original Music by
Carli Elinor 
Peter Brunelli (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Merritt B. Gerstad 
Film Editing by
Margaret Booth 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Tutwiler .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Carli Elinor .... musical director (uncredited)

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86 min
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First version of classic book - part-talkie., 3 April 2000

This first cinematic version of the classic book is a part-talkie, although the only surviving print is silent (housed in the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY). It is a straight-forward telling of the intermingled lives of a group of strangers doomed to die in a collapsing bridge accident. The Art Direction, paltry and unremarkable, surprisingly won an Oscar over the far more remarkable work nominated in THE IRON MASK. The special effect scene of the lovers plummeting with the bridge into the chasm is unforgettable and remarkbly done.

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