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Vagabond Violinist (1934)

The Broken Melody (original title)
Paul Verlaine is a struggling composer whose assistant Germaine is secretly in love with him. Starring John Garrick and Merle Oberon.

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John Garrick ...
Paul Verlaine
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Simone St. Cloud
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Germaine Brissard
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Pierre Falaise
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Colonel Dubonnet
Harry Terry ...
Henri
Andreas Malandrinos ...
M. Brissard
Toni Edgar-Bruce ...
Vera (as Tonie Edgar Bruce)
Conway Dixon ...
Colonel's Friend
Stella Rho ...
Lisette - Simone's Maid
Kynaston Reeves ...
Colonel Fitzroy
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Paul Verlaine is a struggling composer whose assistant Germaine is secretly in love with him. Starring John Garrick and Merle Oberon.

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3 December 1934 (UK)  »

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This film was first shown on television Sunday 3 December 1939 on New York City's pioneer, and still experimental television station W2XBS. Post WWII television viewers got their first look at it in Los Angeles Sunday 17 April 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2), and in New York City Sunday 26 June 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »

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Referenced in EastEnders: Episode dated 28 August 2009 (2009) See more »

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Just Call Me Cherie
(uncredited)
Written by David Heneker, Walter Meyrowitz and W.L. Trytel
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A melodramatic shocker!
16 April 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When I was about twelve years old, I saw "The Broken Melody" on TV and I thought it was absolutely wonderful. It was very romantic and had some really lovely music. From that day onwards I looked forward to seeing it again.

For years I looked in the TV listings but it never came up. And then, the other day, it occurred to me that there might be a DVD available. So I looked on Amazon . . . and there was! I was so thrilled. I sent off for it and it arrived quite quickly. I sat down to watch it . . . and quite quickly realised why it had never been shown again on TV. It must be one of the worst movies ever made!!! It's not so much romantic as melodramatic. The music is nothing special. The acting is criminal - it's set in France so there's one character with an accent so thick you could cut it with a knife, one or two with slight accents and the hero and heroine have 'cut glass' 'fratefully frateful' accents.

The story is ludicrous and the ending so sentimental that I could hardly bring myself to watch. But it's left me wondering how a relatively bright twelve year old (ie me!) could have thought it such a wonderful movie!


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