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Humoresque (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 25 December 1946 (USA)
A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite.

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Paul Boray as a Child (as Bobby Blake)
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Eddie
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Paul Boray comes from a working class background. He has been interested in the violin since he was a child, which his father disliked since he felt it a waste of money, but which his mother supported. Into his adult life, Paul wants to become a concert violinist, and although he shows talent, he does not have the right connections to make it into the concert performance world, much like his longtime friend, virtuoso pianist Sid Jeffers, and cellist Gina Romney, both who, like Paul, train with the National Institute Orchestra. Gina and Paul have a connection with each other, Gina who confesses her love for him. While performing at a party with Sid, Paul meets Helen and Victor Wright, their hosts. Victor is a perceptive but self-admittedly weak man, while his wife Helen is strong minded but insecure which manifests itself as neurosis. She constantly tries to forget about her unhappy life by excessive alcohol consumption. Helen becomes Paul's benefactress, which ultimately results in a ... Written by Huggo

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TWO WHO MET AND KISSED AND NEVER SHOULD HAVE MET AGAIN! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Humoreske  »

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$2,164,000 (estimated)
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The famous beach scene at the end of the movie was recreated by Madonna in her 1998 music video "The Power of Good-Bye". See more »

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In the scene where Paul Boray is practicing on stage in his shirt sleeves, you can see the top of the head of a man crouched down behind him. This has to be one of the violinists who did the playing for John Garfield by reaching around him. See more »

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Helen Wright: Only a man who doesn't drink thinks coffee sobers you up.
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Soundtracks

Carmen Fantasie
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Music by Franz Waxman
Based on various themes from the opera "Carmen" by Georges Bizet
Copyright 1946 Fidelio Music Publishing
Violin solo performed by Isaac Stern
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Playing second fiddle to Beethoven
28 August 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

That sentiment sums up the frustration and disappointment of Joan Crawford about her love for and obsession with violin virtuoso John Garfield in an excellent film blessed with great acting and beautiful music. Crawford and Garfield are well-matched in this movie, as Crawford becomes Garfield's patron and gives his career a financial boost but becomes hopelessly drawn to her protégé as his concert career takes off. The two principals circle each other warily, sizing up the other and lashing out verbally with accusations of ingratitude and selfishness with Garfield holding fast to his dedication to his music while Crawford begins a slow but steady decline into drinking and depression. Garfield's tunnel vision concerning his instrument does not allow him to appreciate the love a young woman has for him, nor can he grasp his mother's sage counsel and warning about his involvement with a married woman. The film has generous servings of music by Sarasate, Dvorak, Lalo and a brief but excellent recital of Franz Waxman's adaptation of "Carmen".


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