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Symphony of Living (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 20 January 1935 (USA)
There is this old concertmaster of the Cosmopolitian Orchestra and he is about to realize his life-long ambition of appearing as a soloist with the orchestra, when an accident robs him of ... See full summary »

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Frank R. Strayer

Writer:

Charles Belden (story and adaptation) (as Charles Spencer Belden)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evelyn Brent ... Paula Greig Rupert
Al Shean ... Adolph Greig
Charles Judels ... Rozzini
John Darrow ... Richard Greig
Albert Conti ... Mancini
Lester Lee ... Carl Rupert
Gigi Parrish Gigi Parrish ... Carmen Rozzini
Richard Tucker ... Michael Rupert
John Harron ... Herb Livingston
Ferike Boros Ferike Boros ... Mary Schultz
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... The Doctor
Carl Stockdale ... The Judge
William Worthington ... Symphony Chairman
Leslie Goodwins Leslie Goodwins ... Oboe Player (as Les Goodwin)
Gregory Golubeff Gregory Golubeff ... Max - a Violinist (as Gregory Goluboff)
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There is this old concertmaster of the Cosmopolitian Orchestra and he is about to realize his life-long ambition of appearing as a soloist with the orchestra, when an accident robs him of use of his right hand. His children, upon learning of his misfortune, immediately desert him knowing he will no longer provide them with money. So Adolph Greig sinks lower and lower and becomes a street beggar, too proud to ask for help from his friends and unable to find his son or daughter. One night, standing in front of the concert hall, he sinks to the street from hunger and fatigue. He is picked up by two men associated with the orchestra, Mancini and Rozzini, and they take him to Rozzini's and they develop a plan whereby they will set up Greig in a next-door studio where he can give violin lessons. A young violin genius named Carl Rupert shows up and, with the aid of Mancini and Rozzini, Greig starts the boy off on a brilliant career. Or, what promised to be a brilliant career until his ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1935 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Richard Greig: [Adolph arrives home with his hand bandaged] Say, what happened?
Adolph Greig: I was badly hurt in an accident.
Richard Greig: Oh, yeah? Well, then maybe we could collect damages.
Adolph Greig: No. It happened in a public street, outside the stage entrance of the music hall. You see, there was a big crowd and they all wanted to get close to the great violinist, Steinmann. The people was very rough and I was pushed through a window. Richard, it hurts pretty bad.
Richard Greig: Well, it's your own fault! Why don't you come home instead of hanging round ...
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Hey...it could happen.
11 April 2006 | by horn-5See all my reviews

There is this old concertmaster of the Cosmopolitian Orchestra and he is about to realize his life-long ambition of appearing as a soloist with the orchestra, when an accident robs him of use of his right hand. His children, upon learning of his misfortune, immediately desert him knowing he will no longer provide them with money.

So Adolph Greig (Al Shean) sinks lower and lower and becomes a street beggar, too proud to ask for help from his friends and unable to find his son or daughter. One night, standing in front of the concert hall, he sinks to the street from hunger and fatigue. He is picked up by two men associated with the orchestra, Mancini (Albert Conti)and Rozzini (Charles Judels), and they take him to Rozzini's and they develop a plan whereby they will set up Greig in a next-door studio where he can give violin lessons. Well, up shows a young violin genius named Carl Rupert (the 12-year-old Lester Lee)and, with the aid of Mancini and Rozzini, Greig starts the boy off on a brilliant career. Or, what promised to be a brilliant career but on his first public performance, a woman comes out of the audience, throws her arms around the boy and calls him "Son." Well sir, it is indeed her son and the mother is none other than the former Paula Greig (Evelyn Brent), the daughter of old Adolph (who is somewhat stunned by this turn of events), and a little math calculation tells us that the ten minutes of running time that Adolph spent begging and starving was at least 13 years in real time, as Paula was neither married nor with child when last seen.

Now, ordinarily, a reunion of father and daughter, and mother and son, and a grandfather learning that his violin prodigy is actually his own grandson would appear to be the closing scene before "The End" card, but there is another whole reel of weeping and big-time emoting---Paula is a bitch first class---before this one gets sorted out.

Or, as they sang in the old days...Absolutely Mr. Gallagher...Positively, Mr. Shean.


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