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Melody of the Heart (1929)

Melodie des Herzens (original title)
A young maid from the country looses her job as maid in k.u.k. Budapest, when she stays out too long with her beau, a soldier, who's saving money to buy a horse to open a transport company.... See full summary »





Credited cast:
Gerö Mály ...
Vater Garas
Marcsa Simon ...
Mutter Garas
János Körmendy ...
Vater Kovács
Juliska Ligeti ...
Mutter Kovács
Anni Mewes ...
Anna Kovács
Tomy Endrey ...
Der kleine Kovács
Ilka Grüning ...
Fräulein Czibulka
László Dezsõffy ...
Zugführer Benézel
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A young maid from the country looses her job as maid in k.u.k. Budapest, when she stays out too long with her beau, a soldier, who's saving money to buy a horse to open a transport company. After being unemployed for quite a while and her rent is long overdue, the landlady offers her a better job in a nightclub. Meanwhile the soldiers family has decided that her son should marry the daughter of a rich farmer. The soldier finds out about his girl friends profession, and accepts after struggling with himself the match his parents have made. At the day of his engagement his girl friend comes to his hometown with enough money to buy a horse, which leads to a conflict between her, the fiancee, her family, himself and his parents. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu.muenchen.de>

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Comedy | Drama | Musical






Release Date:

30 August 1930 (USA)  »

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Melody of the Heart  »

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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Was the first UFA and second German movie with sound. See more »


Featured in Das hab ich von Papa gelernt (1964) See more »


Bin kein Hauptmann, bin kein grosses Tier
by Paul Abraham and Hans Szekely (lyrics)
Sung by Willy Fritsch
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One of the first sound films of u.f.a
7 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fans of popular classic film culture would think that blue angel was Germany's first talkie or sound film, nope!Other would think Three friends and a gas station was the first sound film of Germany ,nope!It was this .The first sound film of Germany ,and a first for u.f.a , with dialog scenes.Three friends was the official first all talkie all dancing ,all singing,should of been shot in u.f.a color,film of Germany.Althouh Camillia Horne did her first German Talkie ,the only one that was shot at Vita graph in New York City U.S for Warner Brothers,but that's lost.But for the bad news!German citizens forget that they are the enemy relaxing at a swim meet,One of the male contestants looked like he was going to win ,but it ended up being a women.The Nazi animal rights way for Bull fighting,in Rome. Put a bunch of people in the Arena and try to tag the bull without it hitting you. The bull wins all the time. Jews are being accused of being Bolsheviks and murdering Ukrainian farmers.Wonder who really did it?Surprise attack by the Nazi's murdering Russian and taking the rest as prisoners .A 1950's clay animated puppet commercial for a cloth shop for women.Using the Women of history like Nefertiti and Juliet and Marie Antoinette.now for the film.This was like Prix De Beuate.It was shot silent and sound was added later.Some of the dialog sequence begins with being show silent voices later ,then actual dialog and sound recording.The actual sound recording and dialog happens when all of a sudden the shots are a bit static Camera barley moves.The old bulky sound booth.Dita Parlow plays Julia,a innocent country lass ,who fall for soldier Janos,played by Willy Fritz.This was his first talkie,not all talkie.The problem is that when she has stayed out late, at the fair,her employer,who hired her as a maid,fires her.But, Janos ,who goes back to war does not realize this.At the farm,his fathers Geras, played by Gero Maly and the fathers friend Kovaks,played by Yano Kormendy are planning Willy's future,with Kovacs daughters Anna ,played by Anni Mewes.Not being able to find work Julia ends up as a prostitute .When they meet again he notices that she had shorten her hair.She makes up a story.But he late finds out when he goes to a whore house ,and dumps her.When she goes back home with money for a horse for his job.It's too late.She ends her life. this print needs restoration.When he proposes to her at the dance when they first meet,the dialog is a bit out of sink,unless it was recorded silent and the talk was added later.the scene where she meets the women she going to work for the same thing.the scenes where she's being dress up for her first nights work as a whore,the dresser is a bit out of sink.But everything else direct dialog and sound is in sync.This is the process that Eric Von Strohiem hated,when h was going to direct the sound talkie remake of foolish wives,which was never remade.He walked out.But this is historical important movie that deserve restoration Available at Germanwarfilms.com 02/07/13

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