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Humoresque ()


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A classical musician from the slums is sidetracked by his love for a wealthy, neurotic socialite.

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Helen Wright
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Paul Boray
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Sid Jeffers
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Rudy Boray
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Gina
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Phil Boray
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Florence Boray
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Esther Boray
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Monte Loeffler
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Victor Wright
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Frederick Bauer
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Rozner
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Paul Boray as a Child (as Bobby Blake)
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Phil Boray as a Child
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Eddie
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Hagerstrom
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Night Club Singer (as Peg LaCentra)
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Orchestra Leader
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Boy on Street (uncredited)
Sylvia Arslan ...
Gina as a Girl (uncredited)
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Professor (uncredited)
Janet Barrett ...
Secretary (uncredited)
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Fritzie - Bauer's Secretary (uncredited)
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Moving Man (uncredited)
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Jeffers - Toy Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
Eric DeLamarter ...
Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
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Boray Fan (uncredited)
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Tipsy Blonde at Wright's Party (uncredited)
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Professor (uncredited)
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Redhead Snob with Sid at Wright's Party (uncredited)
Ann Lawrence ...
Florence as a Girl (uncredited)
Esther Michelson ...
Mrs. Klein (uncredited)
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Theatre Worker (uncredited)
Louis Quince ...
Radio Producer (uncredited)
Ramon Ros ...
Engineer (uncredited)
Don Turner ...
Man with Dog on Beach (uncredited)
Richard Walsh ...
Teddy - at Wright's Party (uncredited)
Florence Wix ...
Concertgoer at Paul's First Recital (uncredited)
Leo Wonder ...
Old Violinist (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jean Negulesco

Written by

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Clifford Odets ... (screenplay) and
Zachary Gold ... (screenplay)
 
Fannie Hurst ... (short story "Humoresque")

Produced by

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Jerry Wald ... producer
Jack L. Warner ... executive producer

Cinematography by

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Ernest Haller ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Rudi Fehr

Art Direction by

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Hugh Reticker

Set Decoration by

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Clarence Steensen

Makeup Department

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Perc Westmore ... makeup artist
Edwin Allen ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Della Barnes ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Gertrude Wheeler ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Louis Baum ... unit manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Herbert S. Greene ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Philip Quinn ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Donald P. Desmond ... set construction (uncredited)
William Wallace ... props (uncredited)
Levi C. Williams ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Charles David Forrest ... sound (as David Forrest)
Robert B. Lee ... sound

Special Effects by

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Roy Davidson ... special effects director
Willard Van Enger ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ralph Burbank ... gaffer: stills (uncredited)
Paul Butler ... best boy (uncredited)
James Geldenhar ... gaffer (uncredited)
William Schurr ... second camera (uncredited)
Jack Woods ... still photographer (uncredited)
Stanley Young ... grip (uncredited)

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Adrian ... wardrobe: Miss Crawford
Bernard Newman ... wardrobe
Mary Dery ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ralph Hibbs ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Jeanette Storck ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Vic Vallejo ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Leo F. Forbstein ... musical director
Isaac Stern ... music advisor
Franz Waxman ... conductor
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Isaac Stern ... musician (solo violin: John Garfield) (uncredited)
Franz Waxman ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Herschel Daugherty ... dialogue director
James Leicester ... montages
Alma Dwight ... script clerk (uncredited)
Oscar Levant ... technical adviser (uncredited)
John Mitchell ... unit publicist (uncredited)
John Strauss ... publicist (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Paul Boray comes from a working class background. He has been interested in the violin since he was a child, which his father disliked since he felt it a waste of money, but which his mother supported. Into his adult life, Paul wants to become a concert violinist, and although he shows talent, he does not have the right connections to make it into the concert performance world, much like his longtime friend, virtuoso pianist Sid Jeffers, and cellist Gina, both who, like Paul, train with the National Institute Orchestra. Gina and Paul have a connection with each other, Gina who confesses her love for him. While performing at a party with Sid, Paul meets Helen and Victor Wright, their hosts. Victor is a perceptive but self-admittedly weak man, while his wife Helen is strong minded but insecure which manifests itself as neurosis. She constantly tries to forget about her unhappy life by excessive alcohol consumption. Helen becomes Paul's benefactress, which ultimately results in a successful concert career for Paul. But the two also fall in love, a destructive love against the wishes of Paul's mother and Gina. That love may not only destroy Paul's concert career, but their lives as well. Written by Huggo

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Taglines "MILDRED PIERCE" DOES IT AGAIN! LAST YEAR'S ACADEMY AWARD STARS IN THIS YEAR'S ENTERTAINMENT TRIUMPH! (original poster- all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Humoreske (Germany)
  • De amor también se muere (Spain)
  • De amor también se muere (Mexico)
  • Humoreska (Poland)
  • De amor también se muere (Argentina)
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  • 125 min
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Box Office

Budget $2,164,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $1,118,000

Did You Know?

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Trivia John Garfield's violin "performances" are actually played by two professional violinists standing on either side of him, one to bow and one to finger. The actual music was performed by Isaac Stern. In Stern's autobiography, "My First 79 Years" (New York: Knopf, 1999; page 51), when the movie shows closeups of the hands alone playing the violin (without Garfield in the frame), those are Stern's hands. Somewhere, there must be a bootleg medium shot of the 3 actors combining body parts to give the impression that Garfield is actually playing. It would be most interesting to see. See more »
Goofs In the scene where Paul Boray is practicing on stage in his shirt sleeves, you can see the top of the head of a man crouched down behind him. This has to be one of the violinists who did the playing for John Garfield by reaching around him. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Humoresque, Op. 101 No. 7, in G-flat major See more »
Crazy Credits The opening credits are presented on the turning pages of the sheet music for the composition "Humoresque". See more »
Quotes Sid Jeffers: Tell me, Mrs. Wright, does your husband interfere with your marriage?
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