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The Man Who Played God (1932)

TV-G | | Drama, Romance | 19 February 1932 (USA)
After losing his hearing, a musician uses lip-reading to help others.

Director:

John G. Adolfi

Writers:

Jules Eckert Goodman (based on the play by), Gouverneur Morris (from the short story by) (as Governeur Morris) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Arliss ... Montgomery Royle (as Mr. George Arliss)
Violet Heming ... Mildred Miller
Bette Davis ... Grace Blair
André Luguet ... The King (as Andre Luguet)
Louise Closser Hale ... Florence Royle
Donald Cook ... Harold Van Adam
Ivan F. Simpson ... Battle (as Ivan Simpson)
Oscar Apfel ... Appleby - the Lip Reader
Charles E. Evans Charles E. Evans ... The Doctor (as Charles Evans)
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Alice Chittendon
William Janney ... First Boy
Fred Howard Fred Howard ... Man (scenes deleted)
Murray Kinnell ... King's Aide
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Storyline

Montgomery Royle is a famed pianist whose student, the much younger Grace Blair, believes herself to be in love with him. When an explosion destroys Royle's hearing, he is bitter at the loss of his art and profession. His sister Florence persuades him to learn lip-reading as a way to break out of the isolation of deafness. Royle discovers a new meaning to his life when he uses his new lip-reading knowledge to help others. But the new skill has serious ramifications for his relationship with Grace. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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'A Modern Drama From Real Life'

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Covek koji se dopao Bogu See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the first movie Bette Davis made under her contract to Warner Bros., the studio under which she did most of her best known work of the 1930s and '40s. Her earlier six films were made for Universal, who let her go after one year of lackluster performances. See more »

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When Royle goes to his desk after observing the couple in the park, the shadow of the boom microphone dips onto the window curtain behind him. See more »

Quotes

Grace Blair: You're my ideal!
Montgomery Royle: I shall always be... your friend.
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Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldiers
(1871) (uncredited)
Music from "St. Gertrude" by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould (1865)
Played on an organ by George Arliss (probably dubbed) at the end
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Mr. George Arliss Gives Another Acting Lesson
21 February 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

An aging & celebrated concert pianist completely loses his hearing, and with it his faith in The Almighty. After learning to lip read, he realizes he can once again enter into people's lives, alleviating the misfortunes of total strangers. With this much power to do good, he becomes THE MAN WHO PLAYED GOD.

Although sadly neglected today, George Arliss was one of the very greatest of film actors of the 1930's. His art was consummate - a whole volume of emotion could be conveyed by the slightest movement of face or posture. He gives a wonderful performance here as a man torn from what he loves the most, blaming God for it and eventually finding peace.

A splendid actress of the same period, Louise Closser Hale gives quiet dignity to the role of Arliss' sister. As his protégé, young Bette Davis does a fine job; she always considered this to be her first film role of substance. Ivan F. Simpson is excellent as a very loyal butler. Hedda Hopper has a tiny role as a woman at a picnic & look for an uncredited Ray Milland as a young man in Central Park attempting suicide.


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