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3 December 1934 (UK) See more »
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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
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Amazingly dull., 28 October 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Paul Verlaine (John Garrick) is a struggling young composer in Paris. Most folks have little interest in his work, however, he's spotted by a rich and spoiled brat (Margot Grahame) who takes him under her wing. Despite the wonderful (but awful singing) Germanine (Merle Oberon) loving him, he is lured to the rich lady who he thinks loves him. However, their marriage soon sours and she begins cheating on him and partying all night long. During this time, he's amazingly dense until he happens to catch her with one of her lovers--then bad things happen.

As I sat and watched "The Broken Melody" (a.k.a. "Vagabond Violinist"), I had to really struggle to keep paying attention. It's because despite the subject matter, the movie was incredibly dull. Part of it was the very emotionless acting, part of it was sloppy direction and part of it was because the film lacked any sort of punch. Even when the main character was sent to Devil's Island, the film seemed amazingly uninteresting. Much of it was because Paul seemed quite dumb and difficult to like. The most likable was Germaine, but she sang like a cow caught in an electric fence. Overall, an incredibly dated and dull film from start to finish. The only fun I had was listening to some of the characters forget their French accents in some scenes only to pick it up in the next!

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