Aging composer Franz Liszt lives in an abbey. On his birthday, a priest brings him a box that was just delivered to the abbey. There is no return address. In the box he finds a single ... See full summary »
Aging composer Franz Liszt lives in an abbey. On his birthday, a priest brings him a box that was just delivered to the abbey. There is no return address. In the box he finds a single flower. The flower brings back memories of his lost love of long ago, who inspired him to compose his unforgettable melodies. Written by
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MGM musical short on Franz Liszt's unhappy love affair...
It's hard to judge a short that was cut from 37 minutes to 17 minutes for U.S. showings as a two-reel short. A DREAM OF LOVE uses sets that look suspiciously like left-overs from a Jeanette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy musical.
IAN COLIN as Franz Liszt lifts his tenor voice in song very effectively (that is--whomever dubbed the song for Mr. Colin) but the story is a trite one about an ill-fated love affair smacking of class snobbery by the young woman's father. At the end, an aged Franz Liszt (played by Bertram Wallis who looks nothing like Mr. Colin), clutches a rose sent to him for a typically sentimental ending.
In certain shots, Mr. Colin looks a lot like the Errol Flynn of "Captain Blood" (similar wig, similar profile) which probably makes his singing seem even more mythical.
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