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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 ...
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19 February 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Covek koji se dopao Bogu  »

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Although George Arliss is credited by that name in the cast list, he is also credited as 'Mr. George Arliss' above the title. 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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marvelous early Bette Davis
10 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I get so sick of people claiming that Bette Davis wasn't a beauty. She is so lovely in this 1932 film - those huge, gorgeous blue eyes, radiant smile, cute figure - she looks like a doll.

This is a wonderful melodrama which was re-made with, of all people, Liberace years later as "Sincerely Yours." All I can remember about the Liberace film is that he soft-shoed off the stage at the end, and I have a vague impression of him starting to go deaf while playing the piano.

If you can get past that the embalmed-looking George Arliss is supposed to be only 50 years old in this film (he was 64 and looks 80), it should be clear sailing from then on. Arliss was a marvelous actor, and his strong theatrical training is obvious here, as is Davis', with her clipped voice and large gestures. Film as a medium was still being learned by these actors who came from theater.

Man Who Played God is a truly beautiful story about a world-famous pianist who goes deaf and turns against his music and his religious beliefs, only to discover that every tragedy in life has meaning. 73 years later, it's still a great life lesson.

Look for Ray Milland in an uncredited role.


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