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Release Date:
11 February 1944 (USA) See more »
And they called her The Perichole! See more »
A rope bridge over a gorge in the Peruvian Andes snaps, sending five people plunging to their deaths. A priest sets out to find out more about the life of each of the victims. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Lynn Bari ... Michaela Villegas

Akim Tamiroff ... Uncle Pio

Francis Lederer ... Esteban / Manuel

Alla Nazimova ... Doña Maria - The Marquesa (as Nazimova)

Louis Calhern ... Don Andre - The Viceroy

Donald Woods ... Brother Juniper

Blanche Yurka ... The Abbess
Barton Hepburn ... Don Gonzalo

Joan Lorring ... Pepita

Emma Dunn ... Doña Mercedes

Abner Biberman ... Maita
Antonio Triana ... Dancer at Viceroy's Party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Florence Auer ... Palace Crow (uncredited)

Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ... Pancho (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Extra at Viceroy's Party (uncredited)
Mimi Forsythe ... Villager (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Traveler to Lima (uncredited)
Lola Montes ... Spanish Dancer (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Servant Peeking in Keyhole (uncredited)

Minerva Urecal ... Uncle Pio's Servant (uncredited)

Theodore von Eltz ... Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Rowland V. Lee 
Writing credits
Thornton Wilder (novel)

Howard Estabrook (adaptation) and
Herman Weissman (adaptation)

Howard Estabrook (screenplay)

Produced by
Benedict Bogeaus .... producer
Rowland V. Lee .... producer
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
Cinematography by
John W. Boyle 
John J. Mescall (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Harvey Manger 
Art Direction by
Charles Odds 
Set Decoration by
Maurice Yates 
Costume Design by
Reynaldo Luza 
Makeup Department
Ted Larsen .... makeup artist
Scotty Rackin .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Depew .... assistant director
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... musical director
Joseph Nussbaum .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Carley Harriman .... assistant to producer
Arthur M. Landau .... production associate
Reynaldo Luza .... technical supervisor
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish subtitles (uncredited)
Fernando Castillo Díaz .... spanish translator for dubbing (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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89 min (Hypercube restored version) | USA:107 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Sweden:Btl | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #9822) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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The identity of several of the victims of the tragedy are changed.See more »
Brother Juniper:We trust in Heaven. God has never failed man. Only man fails God.See more »
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The Devil Will Get YouSee more »


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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
A disaster of a movie, 30 January 2004
Author: ( from San Francisco

The first half hour of the 1944 adaptation of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize- winning novel is excruciatingly dull even with a rope bridge over an Andean

abyss collapsing. Uncomfortable with an eschatological question posted to him by a bystander peastant, priest Donald Woods sets out to find out more about

the five people who were on the bridge when it collapsed. Most of the rest of the movie (until a reprise that shows who was on the bridge in an exceedingly

phony studio-set disaster) recalls the career and would-be-lovers of a singer, Micaela (Lynn Bari), born poor, trained by impresario Uncle Pio (Akim Tamiroff) and vied for by the viceroy (Louis Calhern) and a ship captain (Francis Lederer). Except for the scenes with both of the suitors and a comical training of Micaela in swooning, the movie is dull and the whole is uncinematic, including the

framing disaster sequences. The scenes are overlit, the sets and dialog artificial, the music and cinematography uninspiring. Lynn Bari was devoid of mystery or

charisma (and given far too much screen time), and a ridiculously pat

Hollywood happy ending was substituted for Wilder's. Nazimova is wasted,

though Calhern, Lederer, and Tamiroff breathe occasional life into the


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