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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.

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Cast

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

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Romance | Drama

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9 May 1938 (USA)  »

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Mondscheinsonate  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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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 »

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

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Minuet in G
Composed by Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Played by Ignacy Jan Paderewski
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Good Things Are Worth Waiting For
6 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

The great Paderewski, the concert pianist who became Prime Minister of Poland, plays himself in a very strange film.

Some victims of a plane accident find themselves marooned in the house of a countess. All these people have problems with their lives, and it is like a 1930s soap opera. But the little stories are so cleverly put together that in each case there is only one solution to the problem: if only...if only...Paderewski would play the first movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata...then all problems will be solved, and everything will be all right.

The expectation rises as the film heads towards its close. And finally the wild-haired maestro sits down at the grand, and plays the first movement. And it just goes to show that good things really are worth waiting for. However lightweight we thought the film was to begin with, it is all swept away as we listen to the great man play. The performance is wonderful.

Anybody who loves good music must see this film.


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