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Moonlight Sonata (1937)

Mr. Paderewski performs classical piano works including Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata", which enhances the bond between two young lovers, just as his having previously played this same lovely melody had brought the girl's parents together.

Director:

Lothar Mendes

Writers:

E.M. Delafield (additional dialogue), Edward Knoblock (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ignacy Jan Paderewski ... Ignace Jan Paderewski (as Ignace Jan Paderewski)
Charles Farrell ... Eric Molander
Marie Tempest ... Baroness Lindenborg
Barbara Greene ... Ingrid Hansen
Eric Portman ... Mario de la Costa
W. Graham Brown W. Graham Brown ... Dr. Kurt Broman
Queenie Leonard ... Margit
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Mr. Bishop (as Laurence Hanray)
Binkie Stuart Binkie Stuart ... Eric and Ingrid's Child
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bryan Powley Bryan Powley ... Nils
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Storyline

In this romantic tale, Igor Paderewski, the famed pianist, and two other airplane passengers are the unexpected guests of a Swedish baroness after their pilot is forced to make an emergency landing. One of Mr. Paderewski's flying-companions takes an apparent liking to the baroness's impressionable young granddaughter, but in the end, the arrogantly-outspoken dandy is revealed to be just a self-centered (and incidentally already-married) con-artist. At first, the starry-eyed girl is rebelliously unwilling to believe this bitter fact after the shyster's seemingly adoring courtship of her, and she angrily lashes out at her long-time sweetheart when he tries to warn her of the philanderer's dishonesty, accusing him of merely being jealous. She eventually discovers written proof of the con-artist's treachery, however, and this new knowledge --- coupled with her subsequently hearing Mr. Paderewski play a hauntingly-soothing rendition of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" for her benefit --- ... Written by Lora64

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Taglines:

PADEREWSKI in his only screen appearance

Genres:

Romance | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mondscheinsonate See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 23 July 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Its earliest Post-WWII telecasts took place in Boston Tuesday 21 June 1949 on WBZ (Channel 4) and in Los Angeles Saturday 9 July 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

The curly-headed toddler's position changes between shots of her and her parents standing to listen to the Moonlight Sonata: Mom is alternately holding the child's hand or just letting her stand independently near the piano, the child is alternately holding her ball in both hands or in one hand, and sometimes the ball is not visible at all. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dukes of Hazzard: Mrs. Daisy Hogg (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played by Ignacy Jan Paderewski
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Good Things Are Worth Waiting For
6 July 2006 | by loza-1See all my reviews

The great Paderewski, the concert pianist who became Prime Minister of Poland, plays himself in a very strange film.

Some victims of a plane accident find themselves marooned in the house of a countess. All these people have problems with their lives, and it is like a 1930s soap opera. But the little stories are so cleverly put together that in each case there is only one solution to the problem: if only...if only...Paderewski would play the first movement of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata...then all problems will be solved, and everything will be all right.

The expectation rises as the film heads towards its close. And finally the wild-haired maestro sits down at the grand, and plays the first movement. And it just goes to show that good things really are worth waiting for. However lightweight we thought the film was to begin with, it is all swept away as we listen to the great man play. The performance is wonderful.

Anybody who loves good music must see this film.


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