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The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 11 February 1944 (USA)
A rope bridge over a gorge in the Peruvian Andes snaps, sending five people plunging to their deaths. A priest sets out to find out more about the life of each of the victims.

Director:

Rowland V. Lee

Writers:

Thornton Wilder (novel), Howard Estabrook (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lynn Bari ... Michaela Villegas
Akim Tamiroff ... Uncle Pio
Francis Lederer ... Esteban / Manuel
Alla Nazimova ... Doña Maria - The Marquesa (as Nazimova)
Louis Calhern ... Don Andre - The Viceroy
Donald Woods ... Brother Juniper
Blanche Yurka ... The Abbess
Barton Hepburn Barton Hepburn ... Don Gonzalo
Joan Lorring ... Pepita
Emma Dunn ... Doña Mercedes
Abner Biberman ... Maita
Antonio Triana Antonio Triana ... Dancer at Viceroy's Party
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Storyline

An ancient Inca rope bridge spanning a chasm in the Peruvian Andes collapses, sending five travelers to their deaths in the gorge below. A monk who was nearby, Father Juniper, decides to investigate the lives of those who died in order to see if the tragedy was a result of chance or some divine plan. Written by duke 1029@aol.com

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And they called her The Perichole! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El puente de San Luis Rey See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Hypercube restored) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This version is set in 1774, not 1714, as the Wilder novel and 2004 version are, which aligns the story more closely to the historical Micaela Villegas (1748-1819), who was an actress known as "La Perricholi" and the mistress of Peru's viceroy. See more »

Quotes

Uncle Pio: [to Michaelia] I warned His Excellency that the palace crows would peck at you but can't reach you across the footlights. You will always be safe there.
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Version of The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1929) See more »

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The Devil Will Get You
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Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Frederick Herbert
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Really stagy, over acted, over music'd
22 January 2004 | by ed-209See all my reviews

Really stagy, over acted, over lit, over music'd with almost constant strings. Could have been so much better. Almost painful to watch and I usually love old B&W movies. The combination of the bad lighting and unbelievably almost non-existent creativity in choosing camera positions make whatever abilities the actors had virtually invisible.


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