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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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PADEREWSKI in his only screen appearance

Genres:

Romance | Drama

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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

Referenced in The Dukes of Hazzard: Mrs. Daisy Hogg (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played by Ignacy Jan Paderewski
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A Must-See for Musical and Piano Fans Alike
10 January 2007 | by MamaPuddleSee all my reviews

I must say, this film is marvelous. I wasn't expecting very much from it (it was incredibly cheap and paired with films of much lower quality on a compilation DVD) but it pleasantly surprised me.

The only reason I didn't give it a 9 is because the piano concert at the beginning is literally 20 minutes long and I felt it detracted from the overall interest of the film. I feel like one piece by the amazing Paderewski would have been sufficient. His "Moonlight Sonata" literally gave me goosebumps.

Marie Tempest's portrayal of the baroness is superb. She has impeccable timing and brings a lot of spunk to a dully-written character.

I must say that fans of old musicals as well as appreciators of fine piano playing would enjoy this film immensely. It is amazing how much can be said with a gorgeous Beethoven piece and no dialogue at all.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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