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3 December 1934 (UK) See more »
Paul Verlaine is a struggling composer whose assistant Germaine is secretly in love with him. Starring John Garrick and Merle Oberon. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
John Garrick ... Paul Verlaine
Margot Grahame ... Simone St. Cloud

Merle Oberon ... Germaine Brissard
Austin Trevor ... Pierre Falaise
Charles Carson ... 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

Directed by
Bernard Vorhaus 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Vera Allinson 
Michael Hankinson 
H. Fowler Mear 

Produced by
Julius Hagen .... producer
Original Music by
W.L. Trytel 
Walter Meyrowitz (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Sydney Blythe 
William Luff 
Art Direction by
James A. Carter 
Music Department
W.L. Trytel .... musical director

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Also Known As:
"The Broken Melody" - UK (original title)
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UK:84 min | USA:62 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A Must-See for Merle Oberon Fans, 13 March 2003
Author: modern_maiden

Paul (John Garrick) and Germaine (Merle Oberon) are young friends, working to make ends meet. Germaine works in a cafe while Paul struggles to make it as a composer. Germaine encourages Paul to write popular music instead, assuring him that it will make him more money than serious classical compositions. In her heart she wants him to succeed because she is in love with him, but he's too engrossed in his music to notice.

Germaine's advice proves fruitful when Paul plays his music at the cafe, and is noticed by Simone St. Clair, a famous stage actress (Margot Grahame) who is dining there. Margot takes him under wing and they quickly develop a relationship, much to Germaine's disappointment. After many ups and downs, Paul begins to question whether his life has really unfolded in the way he wanted it. Revisiting his old stomping ground brings Germaine back into his life. The emotional last few scenes bring the story to its bittersweet end.

This is a fine film, with interesting characters and high quality acting. It's not one of Oberon's strongest performances, but enjoyable nonetheless and a must-see for Oberon fans. Neither John Garrick or Margot Grahame went on to very impressive things, but it was just the tip of the iceberg for Merle Oberon, who went on to many fantastic projects such as "Wuthering Heights", " These Three" and "The Divorce of Lady X".

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