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A Dream of Love (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Short | 28 January 1939 (USA)
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 »
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Ian Colin ...
Franz Liszt (uncredited)
Sylvia Marriott ...
Catherine (uncredited)
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
Baroness St. Cricq (uncredited)
Cecil Ramage ...
Baron St. Cricq (uncredited)
Julie Suedo ...
(uncredited)
Bertram Wallis ...
Liszt - Old (uncredited)
Fanny Wright ...
(uncredited)
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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 David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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abbey | gypsy | gypsy camp | See All (3) »

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Drama | Musical | Short

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Approved
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28 January 1939 (USA)  »

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(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Cut to 17 minutes and released in USA as a 2-reel short in Sepiatone. See more »

Soundtracks

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Music by Franz Liszt
Played at the gypsy camp
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MGM musical short on Franz Liszt's unhappy love affair...
27 September 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

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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