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Broken Lullaby (1932)

French soldier travels to Germany to find a family of a man he killed during World War I.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Maurice Rostand (play), Reginald Berkeley (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lionel Barrymore ... Dr. H. Holderlin
Nancy Carroll ... Fraulein Elsa, Walter's Fiancée
Phillips Holmes ... Paul Renard
Louise Carter ... Frau Holderlin
Lucien Littlefield ... Herr Walter Schultz
Tom Douglas ... Walter Holderlin, German soldier killed by Paul
Zasu Pitts ... Anna, Holderlin's Maid
Frank Sheridan ... Priest
George Bickel George Bickel ... Herr Bresslauer, Dress Shop Owner
Emma Dunn ... Frau Miller
Reinhold Pasch Reinhold Pasch ... Fritz's Father
Rodney McLennan Rodney McLennan ... War Veteran (as Rodney McLennon)
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Storyline

A young French soldier in World War I is overcome with guilt when he kills a German soldier who, like himself, is a musically gifted conscript, each having attended the same musical conservatory in France. The fact that the incident occurred in war does not assuage his guilt. He travels to Germany to meet the man's family. Written by Steve Owen <owensmi@juno.com>

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Taglines:

A Dramatic Triumph of a Hate That Turns to Glamorous, Vibrant Love! (Print Ad- Pittsburgh Press, (( Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 5 April 1932)

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man I Killed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$889,154 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Minneapolis Thursday 21 May 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11) as their "Morning Spectacular". It was released on DVD 24 November 2015 as part of the Universal Vault Series. See more »

Connections

Remade as Frantz (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5
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Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A magnificent movie that carries a strong message of love and human dignity.
22 February 2002 | by herbmagaSee all my reviews

I am really happy to have this chance to comment about this great movie.I have two reasons for that. One of them is that on doing so I also make a homage to my dear father who since my early day days constantly mentioned Broken Lullaby as being the "best movie he ever saw" and made me listen to his telling of every of its passages, every detail of it. In 1982 I had the opportunity to watch this movie on Tv in Brazil and was finally able to enjoy it with great emotion besides the fact that I could then agree with my father on how great the movie was.The other reason is that this comment may suggest movie industry to show Broken Lullaby today and sell VHS/DVD copies of same so that others can have the priviledge of enjoyng this great war drama. Lionel Barrymore's performance in this movie is somethong to be taken as magnificent. In all aspects the movie should be considered among the greatest ones ever made and be included in a list of the best movie classics for its human content and inspiring message of love and dignity.


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