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The Man Who Played God (1932)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  19 February 1932 (USA)
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After losing his hearing, a musician uses lip-reading to help others.

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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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Montgomery Royle is a famed pianist whose student, the much younger Grace Blair, believes herself to be in love with him. When an explosion destroys Royle's hearing, he is bitter at the loss of his art and profession. His sister Florence persuades him to learn lip-reading as a way to break out of the isolation of deafness. Royle discovers a new meaning to his life when he uses his new lip-reading knowledge to help others. But the new skill has serious ramifications for his relationship with Grace. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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'A Modern Drama From Real Life'

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19 February 1932 (USA)  »

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Covek koji se dopao Bogu  »

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The play, "The Silent Voice," opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 29 December 1914 and closed in March, 1915 after 71 performances. The opening night cast included Wade Boteler, who is also in the movie. See more »

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Fantaisie-Impromptu in C Sharp Minor, Op.66
(1834) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on piano by George Arliss (dubbed by Salvatore Santaella) at the concert
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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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