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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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Mildred Miller
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Grace Blair
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The King (as Andre Luguet)
Louise Closser Hale ...
Florence Royle
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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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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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19 February 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Covek koji se dopao Bogu  »

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Trivia

George Arliss and Ivan F. Simpson played the same roles ten years earlier in the 1922 silent version. 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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Version of Sincerely Yours (1955) 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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Great story...Pivotal Bette Davis movie
8 November 2001 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

In 1932 many actors were still rather new to sound pictures and the great majority of them were theatre trained and while some would stay on in Hollywood, many would return to the stage to stay. Bette Davis was a young actress in the midst of making that decision to aty in Hollywood or return to New York and the stage. She had made several low buget pictures, but things just were not clicking for her. The success of this movie and the attention she received convinced her to stay on and make movies and we are all thankful for that. George Arliss was a grand old man of the stage and his artistry is well portrayed here. His makeup is a little heavy, making him look a little like the Phantom of The Opera with lipstick and darkened nostrils, but soon you get beyond that. The acting is almost strictly stage-style here, this MUST have been a play before it was filmed. The blocking and angles of the actors and the way they seem to talk "at" each other rather than to each other shows the stage acting. Great story, nice escapism... who wouldnt like to help others? We can do that through George Arliss in this movie.


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