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Music in the Air (1934)

Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy angle when a naive young couple comes along.


Joe May


Oscar Hammerstein II (libretto), Howard Irving Young (screenplay) (as Howard I. Young) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Gloria Swanson ... Frieda Hotzfelt
John Boles ... Bruno Mahler
Douglass Montgomery ... Karl Roder
June Lang ... Sieglinde Lessing
Al Shean ... Dr. Walter Lessing
Reginald Owen ... Ernst Weber
Joseph Cawthorn ... Hans Uppman
Hobart Bosworth ... Cornelius
Sara Haden ... Martha
Marjorie Main ... Anna
Roger Imhof ... Burgomaster
Jed Prouty ... Kirschner
Christian Rub ... Zipfelhuber
Fuzzy Knight ... Nick


Constantly quarreling couple decide to try the jealousy angle when a naive young couple comes along.

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Music in the Air (1934) was shown at Cinefest 31 (2011). See more »


Frieda Hotzfelt: [Frieda and Bruno enter, bickering; Frieda is cradling a Pekinese dog] ... Yes it is! It's all your fault.
Bruno Mahler: What do you mean it's my fault? He started it. Pogo just bit me.
Frieda Hotzfelt: Well what if he did? You made faces at him.
Bruno Mahler: No, he made faces at me first
Frieda Hotzfelt: [petting the dog] Little precious. Did naughty Bruno frighten you? My little Pogo... my sweet darling.
Frieda Hotzfelt: [they see Karl holding an office assistant up by the ankles so she can reach the top of a cupboard] Did you see that?
Bruno Mahler: Probably raised on goats' milk!
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The film opens with a long shot of a mountain, and the title "Music in the Air" wafts in as if blown there by a mountain wind. See more »


Featured in Out of My Dreams: Oscar Hammerstein II (2012) See more »


School Prayer
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Douglass Montgomery (dubbed by Dave O'Brien) and children in the school
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This film should be restored
5 March 2019 | by HallmarkMovieBuffSee all my reviews

This was Fox Studios' lowest-grossing film of its year (Fox merged with 20th Century only months later) and I can see why. It's not bad; it's just not all that good. This might explain why it hasn't been restored. At minimum, a cleaning of the monophonic soundtrack, especially in the crowd scenes, and the addition of subtitles, would certainly improve it.

This film was based on a very successful Broadway musical which ran for nearly 350 performances, but even the score by Kern & Hammerstein couldn't save the film. Its hit song, "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star," is still recognizable today.

I can't blame the actors, even though the ensemble might have been better-cast. Only one lead actor, Al Shean as Dr. Walter Lessing, was carried over from the play to the film, and one minor (non-speaking in the film), Marjorie Main as Frieda's maid, Anna. All were very good in their roles, but they didn't all "click" together, so I have nobody to blame but the script adapters and/or the directors, both main and casting (whoever the latter may have been).

This was one of nine John Boles films made that year. (Wow!) Gloria Swanson was a silent film star, but not one of several who failed the transition into sound films. As evidenced by her performance here, she not only spoke well, but she also had a fine singing voice. Nevertheless, after about a half dozen sound films, this was her last film for seven more years, and then another nine before her classic, "Sunset Boulevard," which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress. "Sunset Boulevard" also earned her her third Oscar nomination for Best Actress, but she lost out on all three to others.

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13 December 1934 (USA) See more »

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