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Broken Lullaby (1932)

French soldier travels to Germany to find a family of a man he killed during World War I.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Maurice Rostand (play), Reginald Berkeley (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. H. Holderlin
Nancy Carroll ... Fraulein Elsa, Walter's Fiancée
Phillips Holmes ... Paul Renard
Louise Carter ... Frau Holderlin
Lucien Littlefield ... Herr Walter Schultz
Tom Douglas ... Walter Holderlin, German soldier killed by Paul
Zasu Pitts ... Anna, Holderlin's Maid
Frank Sheridan ... Priest
George Bickel George Bickel ... Herr Bresslauer, Dress Shop Owner
Emma Dunn ... Frau Miller
Reinhold Pasch Reinhold Pasch ... Fritz's Father
Rodney McLennan Rodney McLennan ... War Veteran (as Rodney McLennon)
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A young French soldier in World War I is overcome with guilt when he kills a German soldier who, like himself, is a musically gifted conscript, each having attended the same musical conservatory in France. The fact that the incident occurred in war does not assuage his guilt. He travels to Germany to meet the man's family. Written by Steve Owen <owensmi@juno.com>

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A Dramatic Triumph of a Hate That Turns to Glamorous, Vibrant Love! (Print Ad- Pittsburgh Press, (( Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 5 April 1932)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man I Killed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$889,154 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Minneapolis Thursday 21 May 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11) as their "Morning Spectacular". It was released on DVD 24 November 2015 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

Connections

Remade as Frantz (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Quand Madelon
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by Camille Robert
Lyrics by Louis Bousquet
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When Conscience Afflicts
2 November 2008 | by zolaaarSee all my reviews

The Man I Killed deals with home comers of World War I, the war which's end is celebrating 90th anniversary this month I think, is much better than Whale's, because it's more subtle and less histrionic overall (except for Holmes' unbearable, almost laughable staginess). It has some great actors, most of all Lionel Barrymore who gives a physical powerhouse performance, the best I've seen from him so far. The film is very short, too short in every respect for the other lead characters to really unfold (again except for Holmes', who is simply too much to take) and for supporting roles to really get fully recognized, such as the house maid, played by Zasu Pitts. Even though the subject matter is dark and depressing, the film has its light moments, typical Lubitsch moments of drollness and wit who perfectly knows what is so comical and absurd about German bourgeoisie. However, The Man I Killed is miles away from the usual Lubitsch comedy of the 30s and is instead a thought-provoking, touching drama and an obviously heartfelt processing of a dark European history. Did I mention, that Holmes was horrible, though?


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