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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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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Pretty dull stuff. See more (10 total) »


  (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 »
Uncle Pio:[Tp Michaelia] I warned His Excellancy that the palace crows would peck at you but can't reach you across the footlights. You will always be safe there.See more »
Movie Connections:
Poor Poor MamaSee more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Pretty dull stuff., 4 September 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Father Juniper witnessed the death of five people who were using an ancient bridge in South America in the 18th century. It left him wondering why a loving God would allow this to happen (as well as why He'd allow a movie like "The Bridge of San Luis Rey"). So, he spends the film investigating their lives--to see if it's all some part of God's divine plan.

While the plot is unique, it's amazing how dull the film is. In fact, repeatedly I found my mind straying as I tried to watch. At first I thought maybe it was me--I was tired. But as I tried watching the next day, it just seemed interminably dull. Much of it was the plot and much of it was the insipid direction as you never really SEE anything happening. In addition, I noticed that the film, at times, looked kind of cheap--such as the poorly painted background when the film began. Easy to skip.

By the way, if you do watch, look for Stymie Beard (from "Our Gang") in a bit part as a young servant in a wig.

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