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George O'Neil (screen play)
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Release Date:
28 February 1940 (Argentina) See more »
"Let the world cry 'shame'...I love him...I'll always love him!"
A concert violinist becomes charmed with his daughter's talented piano teacher. When he invites her to go on tour with him... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
Unashamedly romantic, carefully wrought weepie See more (28 total) »


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Leslie Howard ... Holger Brandt

Ingrid Bergman ... Anita Hoffman

Edna Best ... Margit Brandt

John Halliday ... Thomas Stenborg

Cecil Kellaway ... Charles

Enid Bennett ... Greta

Ann E. Todd ... Ann Marie (as Ann Todd)
Douglas Scott ... Eric
Eleanor Wesselhoeft ... Emma
Maria Flynn ... Marianne (as Marie Flynn)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Ann Breckell ... (uncredited)
Billy Connelly ... (uncredited)
Richard Court ... (uncredited)
Marvin Davis ... (uncredited)
Dolores Dean ... (uncredited)
Dawn Dodd ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Dee Dodd ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Robert Ferrero ... (uncredited)
Billy Finnegan ... (uncredited)

Holmes Herbert ... The Doctor (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Schoolteacher at Accident Scene (uncredited)
Dickie Meyers ... (uncredited)
Michael Miller ... (uncredited)
Lola Milliorn ... (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Man in Stage Wing with Charles (uncredited)
Raymond Rayhill Powell ... (uncredited)
Spencer Quinn ... (uncredited)
Norman Salling ... (uncredited)
Dee Swaney ... (uncredited)
Frankie Ward ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Ratoff 
Writing credits
George O'Neil (screen play)

Gösta Stevens (original story) (as Gosta Stevens) and
Gustaf Molander (original story) (as Gustav Molander)

Produced by
Leslie Howard .... associate producer
David O. Selznick .... producer
Original Music by
Robert Russell Bennett (uncredited)
Max Steiner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland (photographed by)
Harry Stradling Sr. (uncredited; replaced by Gregg Toland)
Film Editing by
Francis D. Lyon (film editor)
Art Direction by
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Makeup Department
Monte Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
John McGrail .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Reginald Le Borg .... second unit director
Jason Bernie .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Walter Mayo .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Dorothea Holt .... illustrator (uncredited)
Casey Roberts .... interior decorator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Hal Bumbaugh .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Travis Banton .... costume designer: Ms. Bergman
Irene .... costume designer: Ms. Bergman
Editorial Department
Hal C. Kern .... supervising film editor
Music Department
Louis Forbes .... musical director (as Lou Forbes)
R.H. Bassett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Norma Drury .... musician: piano, dubbed solos for Ingrid Bergman and John Halliday (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Conrad Salinger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Toscha Seidel .... musician: violin, dubbed solos for Leslie Howard (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Rose Steinberg .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey .... stand-in: Leslie Howard (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Intermezzo" - UK (imdb display title), USA (short title)
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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Norway:12 (1959) (re-rating) | Norway:16 (1945) (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #5671) | West Germany:16 (f)
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Did You Know?

Toscha Seidel dubbed the violin playing of Leslie Howard, while Norma Boleslawksi dubbed the piano playing of both Ingrid Bergman and John HallidaySee more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the 19th minute, Anita and Holger enter a Swedish restaurant. The sign outside is in English and the Swedish word "restaurang" is not used. The use of such an English word in the 1930s is highly unlikely.See more »
Anita Hoffman:I have been an intermezzo in his life.See more »
Movie Connections:
Piano Concerto in A op 16See more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Unashamedly romantic, carefully wrought weepie, 18 March 2006
Author: Framescourer from London, UK

A cultured and unfussy weepie. Strong leads from Leslie Howard and Ingrid Bergman front a strong cast - right down to the excellent Ann Todd as Howard's young daughter.

The story is of a concert violinist who leaves his wife for another woman. Naturally there is quite a bit of music in the film. Great care has been taken to equate the miming with the soundtrack. All the musicians look as if they are really performing, detail typically neglected nowadays. The score itself, despite being the fruit of many hands, is exemplary in its integration with the film: Heinz Provost's titular melody uses the opening phrase of the act 2 love duet of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, showing the long reach of Wagner's fully-integrated musico-dramatic ideas in romantic American film scores more than 50 years after his death.

The final sequences are slightly out of kilter. However mitigating against this lumpen denouement are some wonderful location shots and two outstandingly executed leave-taking sequences as Bergman literally dissolves into the chiaroscuro of the shot. A thoroughly affecting and well-made film. 7/10

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