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Release Date:
16 April 1954 (USA) See more »
A rich, young beauty, Louise Durant, follows the man she loves and hopes to marry to Zurich where he studies violin at the conservatory... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Elizabeth Taylor ... Louise Durant

Vittorio Gassman ... Paul Bronte
John Ericson ... James Guest

Louis Calhern ... Nicholas Durant
Michael Chekhov ... Prof. Schuman

Barbara Bates ... Effie Cahill
Richard Hageman ... Bruno Fürst
Richard Lupino ... Otto Krafft

Celia Lovsky ... Frau Sigerlist

Stuart Whitman ... Dove
Madge Blake ... Mrs. Cahill
Jack Raine ... Edmund Streller
Birgit Nielsen ... Madeleine
Jacqueline Duval ... Yvonne
Norma Nevens ... Student Pianist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Arnold ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Max Barwyn ... Patron (uncredited)
Peter Camlin ... Bit Role (voice) (uncredited)
Katherine Chapman ... Student Doing Vocal Exercises (uncredited)
André Charlot ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Gábor Curtiz ... Waiter (uncredited)
Guy De Vestel ... Bartender (uncredited)
Lisa Golm ... Secretary (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Man in Audience, Final Concert (uncredited)
Maurice Marsac ... French Servant (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Concierge (uncredited)
John Mylong ... Doctor (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... English Butler (uncredited)
Richard Richonne ... Waiter (uncredited)
Irene Seidner ... Landlady (uncredited)
Robert Shafto ... Dresser (uncredited)
Konstantin Shayne ... Professor Kelber (uncredited)
Max Willenz ... Manager of the Inn (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Vidor 
Writing credits
Henry Handel Richardson (novel "Maurice Guest")

Ruth Goetz (adaptation) &
Augustus Goetz (adaptation)

Fay Kanin  &
Michael Kanin 

Produced by
Lawrence Weingarten .... producer
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
Harry Jackson (director of photography) (uncredited)
Film Editing by
John D. Dunning  (as John Dunning)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
Set Decoration by
Hugh Hunt 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose (costumes: women)
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
Editorial Department
Peter Ballbusch .... montage
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant: Technicolor
Music Department
Claudio Arrau .... musician: piano solos
Morris Brenner .... music supervisor: violin
Harold Gelman .... music supervisor: piano
Johnny Green .... conductor
Johnny Green .... musical director
Bronislau Kaper .... music adaptor
Michael Rabin .... musician: violin solos
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Crew verified as complete

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115 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Well, SOME aspects are excellent!, 6 March 2006
Author: stancym-1 from United States

No, it's not an excellent movie overall. But it's good, visually beautiful, fun, romantic, and has outstanding music. All three leads: Elizabeth Taylor, John Ericson, and Vittorio Gassman, give very good performances and are the definition of what today we call "eye candy."

Some aspects of the plot are actually realistic. You still see women who look to find their identities primarily through their men and expect a man to "make them happy" rather than be responsible for their OWN happiness. And as someone who was more than once involved with an artistic type, a "performer," I can tell you there is some truth in the characters played by Ericson and Gassman.

My point: there is melodrama here, but also grains of realism which give the film some substance. And you have to remember, the movie is set in the early 50s. This works as a period piece, displaying culture, styles, values, and gender roles of that time.

The instrument-playing which is acted by Gassman and Ericson is outstanding, and you feel like you have the best seat at wonderful performances of classical music, only you did not have to buy a ticket. I did not know who Michael Rabin, the actual violinist, was until I saw this film. Now I am aware he was possibly the greatest violinist of all time. HIS real life story would make an incredible movie!

I don't know why Gassman and Ericson did not catch on and become bigger stars in America. Perhaps because this film was not a big hit? John Ericson was in the successful film "Bad Day at Black Rock," but he did not have a sympathetic part so it did not boost his career as a leading man. Too bad,he'd have been a great leading man for many 50s and 60s films. Gassman fortunately did find leading man roles before and after this film, but mostly in Italian films which I don't have access to.

There is an absurd "over the top" scene in a café early on, and obviously the film was not shot on location, but even so, if you like 50s films you will enjoy this one, especially if you like classical music and looking at gorgeous hunks and gorgeous Elizabeth Taylor.

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