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The Fountain (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 31 August 1934 (USA)
Set during the first World War in neutral, but pro-German, Holland, Lewis Allison, an interned British officer, is paroled to the castle of Baron Von Leyden and finds living there, but now ... See full summary »

Director:

John Cromwell

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Samuel Hoffenstein (dialogue), Charles Morgan (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Harding ... Julie von Marwitz
Brian Aherne ... Lewis Allison
Paul Lukas ... Rupert von Narwitz
Jean Hersholt ... Baron Van Leyden
Ralph Forbes ... Ballater
Violet Kemble Cooper ... Baroness Van leyden
Sara Haden ... Susie
Richard Abbott Richard Abbott ... Allard Van Leyden
Barbara Barondess ... Geof's wife
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Geof Van Leyden (as Rudolph Amendt)
Betty Alden ... Allard's wife
Ian Wolfe ... Van Arkel
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... de Greve
Frank Reicher ... Doctor
Ferike Boros ... Nurse
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Set during the first World War in neutral, but pro-German, Holland, Lewis Allison, an interned British officer, is paroled to the castle of Baron Von Leyden and finds living there, but now married to German officer Rupert Von Narwitz, his childhood sweetheart Julie. Long discussions between Julie and Allison, centering on family conflicts that kept them apart, take place before the severely wounded Von Narwitz returns to the castle and more long discussions ensue. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fontaine See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film debut of Ian Wolfe, the first of his 305 movie & TV acting appearances (per IMDB). See more »

Soundtracks

For He's A Jolly Good Fellow
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by the prisoners to the commandant
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Stunning Ann Harding in Moving Story
28 February 2014 | by drednmSee all my reviews

THE FOUNTAIN is a sombre film set during WW I with Ann Harding as an English woman married to a German officer. She meets, after many years, an old friend (Brian Aherne) and falls in love. He's British, but they're staying at the house of her relatives in Holland (neutral during WW I) after he's been "pardoned" from a prisoner of war camp (an odd extended opening sequence that goes nowhere).

Everything seems fine since she never loved her husband (Paul Lukas) but then they get word he's been hideously wounded and is coming home to die. What ensues brings out the best and the worst in various household members. Co-stars include Jean Hersholt, Violet Kemble Cooper, Sara Haden, Ralph Forbes, Ferike Boros, and Frank Reicher.

Harding is radiant and lovingly photographed. She gives a sad and touching performance here. Harding remains one of the most undeservedly forgotten stars of the 30s. Lukas gives one of his best performances. Aherne is solid and utters the final line, one of hope, "England is beautiful in the spring."


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