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Moonlight Sonata (1937)

Mr. Paderewski performs classical piano works including Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata", which enhances the bond between two young lovers, just as his having previously played this same lovely melody had brought the girl's parents together.

Director:

Lothar Mendes

Writers:

E.M. Delafield (additional dialogue), Edward Knoblock (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ignacy Jan Paderewski ... Ignace Jan Paderewski (as Ignace Jan Paderewski)
Charles Farrell ... Eric Molander
Marie Tempest ... Baroness Lindenborg
Barbara Greene ... Ingrid Hansen
Eric Portman ... Mario de la Costa
W. Graham Brown W. Graham Brown ... Dr. Kurt Broman
Queenie Leonard ... Margit
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Mr. Bishop (as Laurence Hanray)
Binkie Stuart Binkie Stuart ... Eric and Ingrid's Child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bryan Powley Bryan Powley ... Nils
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Storyline

In this romantic tale, Igor Paderewski, the famed pianist, and two other airplane passengers are the unexpected guests of a Swedish baroness after their pilot is forced to make an emergency landing. One of Mr. Paderewski's flying-companions takes an apparent liking to the baroness's impressionable young granddaughter, but in the end, the arrogantly-outspoken dandy is revealed to be just a self-centered (and incidentally already-married) con-artist. At first, the starry-eyed girl is rebelliously unwilling to believe this bitter fact after the shyster's seemingly adoring courtship of her, and she angrily lashes out at her long-time sweetheart when he tries to warn her of the philanderer's dishonesty, accusing him of merely being jealous. She eventually discovers written proof of the con-artist's treachery, however, and this new knowledge --- coupled with her subsequently hearing Mr. Paderewski play a hauntingly-soothing rendition of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" for her benefit --- ... Written by Lora64

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Taglines:

PADEREWSKI in his only screen appearance

Genres:

Romance | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mondscheinsonate See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The aircraft on the "transcontinental flight", presumably from Stockholm to Paris, and which landed safely, rather than crashed, after a mechanical failure, is a British registered de Havilland 84 Dragon. Unfortunately one of the characters hides the registration markings. See more »

Goofs

The curly-headed toddler's position changes between shots of her and her parents standing to listen to the Moonlight Sonata: Mom is alternately holding the child's hand or just letting her stand independently near the piano, the child is alternately holding her ball in both hands or in one hand, and sometimes the ball is not visible at all. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Art of Piano (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played by Ignacy Jan Paderewski
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An extraordinary document, of two legendary players
31 August 2002 | by patrickocSee all my reviews

The main question hanging over this film is - how did it come to be

made? How did they ever persuade Paderewski to take part? He

speaks his lines very slowly, but with impressive dignity - he is

playing himself - and the overhead shots of his hands as he plays

the Beethoven, Chopin and Paderewski selections are marvellous. The other reason for seeing the film is the

performance by Dame Marie Tempest as the Swedish Countess,

into whose castle the people who have been in the plane crash

are invited. The script gives her virtually nothing to do, but she

makes an extraordinary impression and it's easy to imagine,

watching her timing, the beautiful gestures and the lovely

cadences of her voice (remember, she was a pupil of the great

singing teacher Manuel Garcia) what a sensational stage

performer she must have been. The story is sentimental, but everyone seems to enter into it with

great energy. The sets are designed by Laurence Irving (grandson

of Henry Irving) and they are large and handsome in a very 1930s

'modern' way.


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