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Harmony Heaven (1930)

A girl helps a composer win fame despite a flirtatious socialite.

Director:

Thomas Bentley

Writers:

Randall Faye (dialogue), Randall Faye (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Polly Ward Polly Ward ... Billie Breeze
Stuart Hall ... Bob Farrell
Trilby Clark ... Lady Violet Mistley
Jack Raine ... Stuart
Philip Hewland Philip Hewland ... Beasley Cutting
Percy Standing Percy Standing ... Producer
Gus Sharland Gus Sharland ... Stage Manager
Aubrey Fitzgerald Aubrey Fitzgerald ... Suggs
Edna Prince Edna Prince ... The Singer
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Rita Tobin-Weske Rita Tobin-Weske ... Young Dancer
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A girl helps a composer win fame despite a flirtatious socialite.

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SUPERB BALLETS AND ENSEMBLES SUPERBLY ENHANCED. By the New Wonderful Pathe 5-Colour Process! A British All-Talking, Singing, Dancing Colour Production which, in point of technical perfection and entertainment, qualitics, more than surpasses America's most pretentious efforts! (Print Ad- Evening Post, ((Wellington, NZ)) 10 September 1930)

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Musical

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This production was Britain's first "all talking" colour film. Some sites also credit Alfred Hitchcock as being a co-director with Thomas Bentley, however, in "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light", Patrick McGilligan states that if Hitchcock did work on the film, then his input was minimal and unconfirmed. See more »

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Infancy of the British movie musical
16 May 2020 | by yrussellSee all my reviews

British musicals always took a more modest path than the American ones. In "Harmony Heaven", you can see that England in 1930 was far behind in technical proficiency. If you only pay attention to the sound quality, this film will seem quite primitive (e.g. in an early scene, where the theatre director character is clearly too far away from the microphone to be heard properly). However, I felt a sense of excitement seeing such an early musical - a silent film universe breaking into the first gush of full sound. This film, unlike those of the early sound films of the late 20's, was not a half-silent/half-sound film. It was purpose-built for sound. The film has the "look" of late 20's silent film in many ways... yet it has talking and music! Some of the songs in this film are lovely. In particular, the final song ("Harmony Heaven") was in my head for a long time after watching the film. The plot of this film has a kind of sweet, old-fashioned, sentimentality which is appealing in its understated nature. The musical finale is not spectacularly kinetic like a Busby Berkeley number, but is the best they could do at the time and it was a satisfying end. I also enjoyed seeing the sequences of early colour. You might regard this film as a kind of "forgotten first", worth a look if you want to catch a glimpse of how musicals began in British cinema.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1930 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Theia armonia See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone)

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1.20 : 1
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