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Spring Shower (1932)

Tavaszi zápor (original title)
Marie, a servant in a bourgeois family, is dismissed and driven from the village when she becomes pregnant by the eldest daughter's fiance. She finds work as a maid in a bordello and gives ... See full summary »





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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilona Dajbukát ...
A jegyzõné
Erzsi Bársony ...
Steven Geray ...
Urasági intézõ (as Gyergyai István)
Karola Zala ...
A Fortuna tulajdonosa
Margit Ladomerszky ...
A kávéház szépe
Sándor Pethes ...
Lajos Várady ...
Zoltán Makláry ...
Gusztáv Vándory ...
Lajos Ihász ...
György Kerekes ...
Egy ficsúr
Gyula Gózon ...
Vendég a kávéházban
Lajos Gárdonyi ...
Vendég a kávéházban
József Kürthy ...
(as Kürty József)


Marie, a servant in a bourgeois family, is dismissed and driven from the village when she becomes pregnant by the eldest daughter's fiance. She finds work as a maid in a bordello and gives birth to a girl. Despite the support from the madame and girls of the bordello, the baby is taken from her. Marie becomes an alcoholic and eventually dies. While scrubbing the floors of Heaven, she see her daughter about to be seduced as she was, so she pours out her bucket of water causing a spring shower that separates the couple. Written by Will Gilbert

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Release Date:

1 September 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Marie, a Hungarian Legend  »

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1.37 : 1
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Film Daily-Saturday, June 22, 1935: Albany, New York - Holding that it mocks religion, justice and society generally, the Hungarian picture, Tavaszi zápor (Spring Shower), has been denied a license for exhibition in New York state. See more »


Alternate-language version of Marie, légende hongroise (1933) See more »

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17 November 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Like Fejos' LONESOME, this film shows a creative imagination combined with an undeveloped story sense and a finite talent. The events in the simple plot are telegraphed, repeated, and told very slowly. Poor Marie, hanging out clothes on the line in the front yard at midnight, is offered candy by the fiance of the lady of the house and, presto, comes the dawn. (Presumably the seduction or rape occurred right in the barren front yard, next to the road.) Marie is cast out, and can find little work. Finally, she finds herself at the door of a tavern frequented by prostitutes, facing the ferocious woman who runs the place. She is given a menial job and finds a family in the girls and a mother-figure in the manager. The character of this woman--strong, hard, inexpressive, but compassionate and just--and the actress who plays her, is by far the most complex and interesting aspect of the film. Marie suffers further at the hands of a group of do-gooders, cardboard figures as Fejos' villains tend to be. Finally she goes to a ridiculous, saccharine, kitschy heaven, where she again finds herself washing the floors. It's hard to know just how much Fejos has his tongue in his cheek with this final sequence. In fact, it's hard to pin Fejos down in general. Much of the time he seems simple-minded, even dull, but then he'll come up with an original visual idea or an unexpectedly well-observed moment or character that makes you think he has something after all.

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