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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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Storyline

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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Drama

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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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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 »

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Soundtracks

Quand Madelon
(1914) (uncredited)
Music by Camille Robert
Lyrics by Louis Bousquet
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After the War
14 September 2005 | by jdonatSee all my reviews

A haunting depiction of the moral after-effects of war (in this case, of World War I) on the life of a young French soldier who in a battlefield trench bayonets a young non-resisting German soldier. Reading a letter found on the deceased's body sets him on a trail of guilt in search of forgiveness. The pilgrimage leads him to Germany and the house of the dead man's parents. Though over-shadowed by the more famous "All Quiet on the Western Front", this film is no less poignant in its anti-war sentiment. In a few scenes the camera work is symbolically brilliant, adding a graphic depth to the dialog that follows. I saw it on TV in England; other reviewers report on it from Japan, Brazil, Canada, and the US. But never from DVD or video. Why not? It is a masterpiece worth preserving for generations to come, of those doubting the merits of war; worth buying and sharing.


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