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Release Date:
18 October 1946 (USA) See more »
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SEE IT NOW! See Her Greatest! See more »
Plot:
A piano teacher believes that her fiancé, a cellist, was killed on the battlefield. When he returns alive, they marry, but are menaced and threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer she started dating on the rebound. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Christine Radcliffe

Paul Henreid ... Karel Novak

Claude Rains ... Alexander Hollenius

John Abbott ... Bertram Gribble
Benson Fong ... Jimmy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Russell Arms ... Music Student (uncredited)
Lois Austin ... Norma, Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Patricia Barry ... Music Student (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Gertrude Carr ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Well-Wisher at Concert (uncredited)
Marcelle Corday ... Hat Check Woman (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter (uncredited)
Suzi Crandall ... Music Student (uncredited)
Frank Dae ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Andre the Matre'd (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Beggar (uncredited)
Bernard DeRoux ... Waiter (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ... Mr. Day (uncredited)
Norma Drury Boleslavsky ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Richard Erdman ... Jerry Spencer (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Wedding Guest Ringing Glass (uncredited)
Ross Ford ... Music Student (uncredited)
Jane Harker ... Music Student (uncredited)
Henry Hebert ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Leza Holland ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Kenneth Hunter ... Manager (uncredited)
Boyd Irwin ... Elderly Gentleman (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Hatcheck Clerk (uncredited)
Albert Law ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Max Linder ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Theodore Lorch ... Well-wisher at Concert (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Louis Mercier ... Waiter (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Richard Neill ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Einar Neilsen ... Neilsen, Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
Albert Petit ... Well-wisher at Concert (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Pollard (uncredited)
Ramon Ros ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
William Roy ... Busboy (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Scott Seaton ... Concertgoer (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Richard Walsh ... Porter (uncredited)
Richard Wang ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Restaurant Diner (uncredited)
Jean Wong ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Clifton Young ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
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Directed by
Irving Rapper 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Collier 
Joseph Than 
Louis Verneuil  play "Monsieur Lamberthier"

Produced by
Henry Blanke .... producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Erich Wolfgang Korngold 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Crosland Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesse Hibbs .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set constructor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects
William C. McGann .... special effects director (as William McGann)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bernard Newman .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
LeRoy Prinz .... stager: orchestral numbers
Eleanor Aller .... musician: cello solo (uncredited)
Simon Bucharoff .... orchestrator: Hollenius Cello Concerto (uncredited)
Shura Cherkassky .... musician: piano player for Bette Davis (uncredited)
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Daniels .... dialogue director
 
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Runtime:
115 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Spain:18 | USA:Approved (PCA #11772, Adult Audience)

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Trivia:
Paul Henreid's cello-playing was dubbed by Eleanor Aller (Mrs Felix Slatkin) while she was pregnant with Frederic Zlotkin. Her father, Gregory Aller, coached Henreid in plausible bow movements.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Christine (Davis) is putting out the candles after the wedding party, at least one noticeable candle is re-lit between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Alexander Hollenius:She tells me your some sort of a genius, if such a term can be applied to a mere performer.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata)See more »

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20 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Defines the meaning of "overripe"!, 10 November 2004
Author: Greg Couture from Portland, Oregon

On a recent Turner Classic Movies broadcast, I finally caught up with all of this one, having seen only snippets of it before. Everybody involved was obviously given free rein, from the lead actors all the way through to every behind-the-scenes artisan, the best that Warner Brothers could muster at the time. Claude Rains and Bette Davis spar in magnificent style, with Rains, stroking the fur of his pet Siamese cat, winning by default, since he was given a role which is so over-the-top that, in the hands of a lesser actor, it would have verged on outrageous camp. (Check out the rococo New York brownstone mansion in which he's ensconced, more magnificent than anything a lesser studio could provide for a monarch in a story involving royalty!)

Poor Paul Henreid has a particularly thankless role to play, swinging like an erratic pendulum between jealous tantrums and thoroughly deceived naïveté, but his simulations of the movements of a top-flight cello musician are convincing enough to allow all to be forgiven.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold's music is probably the film's chief asset and it probably sounded superb over the monophonic sound systems when this film was released, since Warners' sound technicians were the best in Hollywood back then. (Unfortunately the soundtrack during the telecast I heard was very wobbly - a real disappointment. Wonder what the problem was, since this certainly isn't the case with many films dating even further into the past.)

While it may not be a delicacy fit for a cinematic gourmet, it's more than passably entertaining for its nearly two-hours running time.

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