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The Man Who Played God (1932)

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

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Montgomery Royle (as Mr. George Arliss)
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The King (as Andre Luguet)
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Harold Van Adam
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Battle (as Ivan Simpson)
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Appleby - the Lip Reader
Charles E. Evans ...
The Doctor (as Charles Evans)
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Mrs. Alice Chittendon
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First Boy
Fred Howard ...
Man (scenes deleted)
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King's Aide
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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19 February 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Covek koji se dopao Bogu  »

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George Arliss called Bette Davis on the telephone and asked her to audition for the role of his fiancée. Davis thought that somebody tried to play a practical joke on her and didn't believe it was actually Arliss on the phone. After she realized it was indeed him she rushed over to the studio to audition and got the part. See more »

Goofs

When Royle goes to his desk after observing the couple in the park, the shadow of the boom microphone dips onto the window curtain behind him. See more »

Quotes

Grace Blair: You're my ideal!
Montgomery Royle: I shall always be... your friend.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) 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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Mr. George Arliss Gives Another Acting Lesson
21 February 2000 | by 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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