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Break of Hearts (1935)

Approved | | Drama , Romance | 31 May 1935 (USA)
Franz Roberti is a famous orchestra conductor who has a number of girlfriends. While talking with his old music teacher, Professor Thalma, he meets Constance, an aspiring music composer. ... See full summary »

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Philip Moeller

Writers:

Sarah Y. Mason (screen play), Victor Heerman (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Constance Dane Roberti
Charles Boyer ... Franz Roberti
John Beal ... Johnny Lawrence
Jean Hersholt ... Professor Thalma
Sam Hardy ... Marx
Inez Courtney ... Miss Wilson
Helene Millard ... Sylvia DeWitt
Ferdinand Gottschalk ... Enrico Pazzini
Susan Fleming ... Elise
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Schubert
Jean Howard ... Didi Smith-Lennox
Anne Grey ... Lady Phyllis Cameron
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Storyline

Franz Roberti is a famous orchestra conductor who has a number of girlfriends. While talking with his old music teacher, Professor Thalma, he meets Constance, an aspiring music composer. They see each other, fall in love and marry. They honeymoon all over Europe and are happy back home until Constance finds him with a society divorcee and leaves him. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

31 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Music Man See more »

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Budget:

$427,000 (estimated)
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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 character of Franz Roberti was based on two real-life conductors of the period: Leopold Stokowski, who was well known for his rearrangements of music by Bach, Wagner and other composers; and Arturo Toscanini, who was notorious for insulting his musicians during rehearsals the way Roberti does in the film. See more »

Connections

References Moulin Rouge (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played on piano by John Beal and on trombone by Jean Hersholt
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Glorious Max Steiner
24 October 2007 | by songinmy_heartSee all my reviews

Alright, so it is clichéd, sappy, and, compared to today's standards, overacted and self-important...but so is Love. Two lost souls find their other half, and foolishly loose all. Max Steiner's theme given to Constance as her "song of love" is gorgeous. Hepburn is youthful enthusiasm and radiance, and manages a pretty strong portrayal of weakness for such a strong lady. Boyer can speak centuries of emotion with those incredible eyes. For anyone who feels deeply about music, this movie isn't so far-fetched--and it's great with popcorn! (This from a lover of depression era costuming--try to ignore the clown-collars they put poor Kate in after she is married--she looked better poor!) So it's a 1930's chick-flick. Relax and step back to a time when love was worth sacrificing everything for.


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