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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Montgomery Royle (as Mr. George Arliss)
Violet Heming ...
Mildred Miller
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Grace Blair
André Luguet ...
The King (as Andre Luguet)
Louise Closser Hale ...
Florence Royle
Donald Cook ...
Harold Van Adam
Ivan F. Simpson ...
Battle (as Ivan Simpson)
Oscar Apfel ...
Appleby - the Lip Reader
Charles E. Evans ...
The Doctor (as Charles Evans)
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Mrs. Alice Chittendon
William Janney ...
First Boy
Fred Howard ...
Man (scenes deleted)
Murray Kinnell ...
King's Aide
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'A Modern Drama From Real Life'

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19 February 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Covek koji se dopao Bogu  »

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Fred Howard, who was not seen in movie despite his onscreen credit, is also omitted from an extensive cast list in the New York Times review of 11 February 1932. See more »

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Featured in All About Bette (1994) See more »

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Onward Christian Soldiers
(1871) (uncredited)
Music from "St. Gertrude" by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
Played on an organ by George Arliss (probably dubbed) at the end
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Mr. George Arliss Gives Another Acting Lesson
21 February 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

An aging & celebrated concert pianist completely loses his hearing, and with it his faith in The Almighty. After learning to lip read, he realizes he can once again enter into people's lives, alleviating the misfortunes of total strangers. With this much power to do good, he becomes THE MAN WHO PLAYED GOD.

Although sadly neglected today, George Arliss was one of the very greatest of film actors of the 1930's. His art was consummate - a whole volume of emotion could be conveyed by the slightest movement of face or posture. He gives a wonderful performance here as a man torn from what he loves the most, blaming God for it and eventually finding peace.

A splendid actress of the same period, Louise Closser Hale gives quiet dignity to the role of Arliss' sister. As his protégé, young Bette Davis does a fine job; she always considered this to be her first film role of substance. Ivan F. Simpson is excellent as a very loyal butler. Hedda Hopper has a tiny role as a woman at a picnic & look for an uncredited Ray Milland as a young man in Central Park attempting suicide.




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