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The Magic Bow (1946)

Approved | | Biography, Musical, Romance | 25 November 1946 (UK)
Biography of the famous--and notorious--Italian violinist Nicola Paganini.

Director:

Bernard Knowles

Writers:

Norman Ginsbury (additional dialogue), Manuel Komroff (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Niccolò Paganini
Phyllis Calvert ... Jeanne de Vermond
Jean Kent ... Bianchi
Dennis Price ... Paul de la Rochelle
Cecil Parker ... Luigi Germi
Felix Aylmer ... Signor Fazzini
Frank Cellier ... Antonio
Marie Lohr ... Countess de Vermond
Henry Edwards ... Count de Vermond
Mary Jerrold Mary Jerrold ... Teresa Paganini
Betty Warren Betty Warren ... Landlady
Anthony Holles Anthony Holles ... Manager
David Horne ... Rizzi
Robert Speaight Robert Speaight ... Cardinal
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Peasant Driver
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Biography of the famous--and notorious--Italian violinist Nicola Paganini.

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Magic Music by Menuhin See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 November 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Paganini See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

B.A.F. Sound System

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paganini's works inspired a number of great composers after him, notably Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, Sergey Rachmaninoff and Robert Schumann. See more »

Quotes

Cardinal: The pope has just made him a knight.
Luigi Germi: Nicolo Paganini, a knight?
Cardinal: Exactly!
Luigi Germi: I must be a much better manager than I realized.
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Connections

Referenced in Ellery Queen: The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Ave Verum Corpus [K 618]
(uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Henry Geehl
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Outstanding Acting
26 November 2018 | by bellcurrier-857-675304See all my reviews

I am surprised at the ignorance of some reviewers. How easy it is to judge and criticize. The violin is a notoriously difficult instrument to play. Having played the viola myself, I can simply say that Stewart Granger's acting performance here is quite remarkable indeed. He himself came from a musical family; both his great grandfather and grandfather were both operatic singers. To have mimicked the stance and movements for these classical pieces must have taken Granger quite of bit of study. The actual music recorded by violinist Yehudi Menuhin was beautifully performed for this film. Stewart Granger was coached by the first violinist of the London Philharmonic, David McCallum over a period of three months of hard work. In most cases of this sort the camera pans outwards so that the actor is not seen to play the instrument. That Stewart Granger was able to supercede that challenge is a real testament to his brilliance as an actor.


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