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Broken Lullaby (1932)

 -  Drama  -  24 January 1932 (USA)
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A young French soldier in World War I is overcome with guilt when he kills a German soldier who, like himself, is a musically gifted conscript, each having attended the same musical ... See full summary »

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Fraulein Elsa, Walter's Fiancée
Phillips Holmes ...
Paul Renard
Louise Carter ...
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Herr Walter Schultz
Tom Douglas ...
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Anna, Holderlin's Maid
Frank Sheridan ...
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George Bickel ...
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Emma Dunn ...
Frau Miller
Reinhold Pasch ...
Fritz's Father
Rodney McLennan ...
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A young French soldier in World War I is overcome with guilt when he kills a German soldier who, like himself, is a musically gifted conscript, each having attended the same musical conservatory in France. The fact that the incident occurred in war does not assuage his guilt. He travels to Germany to meet the man's family. Written by Steve Owen <owensmi@juno.com>

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Der frohe Wandersmann
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Music by Theodor Frohlich
Lyrics by Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff
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Killing Me Softly with His Song
2 May 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Armistice Day 1919 is celebrated by most French citizens, but handsome veteran Phillips Holmes (as Paul Renaud) is haunted by the face of a German soldier he killed during the Great War. After consulting with a Priest, Mr. Holmes decides to visit the man's family, in Germany. Holmes intends to confess his act, and clear his Christian conscience. But, the dead soldier's family mistake Holmes for friend of the deceased, after learning he's been bringing flowers to Mr. Holderlin's grave. Eventually, the dead man's father, Lionel Barrymore (as Dr. Holderlin), accepts Holmes as almost a replacement son. Then, Holmes falls in love with pretty Nancy Carroll (as Elsa), the fiancée of the man he killed…

Ms. Carroll and Holmes were more memorable in "The Devil's Holiday" (1930); and, Carroll was runner-up in the "Academy Award" for "Best Actress" for the 1929-30 eligibility period. But, here, Carroll doesn't have anywhere near the screen time or script she needed to make a like impression. The more focal relationship is between "son" Holmes and "father" Barrymore. Holmes is the lead actor; and, with direction from Ernst Lubitsch, performs in a manner that sometimes seems over-the-top, but was favored by many "serious" actors during the early 1930s. Still, Mr. Lubitsch contributes memorable moments, and the opening montage is terrific. The film's thesis is out of fashion is some ways, but is nevertheless interesting.

****** Broken Lullaby (1/19/32) Ernst Lubitsch ~ Phillips Holmes, Lionel Barrymore, Nancy Carroll


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