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Onderbroken melodie (1955)

Interrupted Melody (original title)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Dr. Thomas King
Eleanor Parker ... Marjorie Lawrence
Roger Moore ... Cyril Lawrence
Cecil Kellaway ... Bill Lawrence
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Dr. Ed Ryson
Evelyn Ellis Evelyn Ellis ... Clara
Walter Baldwin ... Jim Owens
Ann Codee ... Mme. Gilly
Leopold Sachse Leopold Sachse ... Leopold Sachse
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Comte Claude des Vignaux
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Storyline

Marjorie Lawrence crowds her life with excitement and achievement from the day she leaves her Australian home and goes to Paris to study voice. After a triumphal debut at the Paris Opera she becomes famous overnight, and her debut at the Met in New York establishes her as one of the great singers of her time. With all her dreams come true, tragedy strikes in the form of infantile paralysis and she faces a life of confinement to a wheelchair. Although she reaches the depths of despair, she manages through the love and devotion of her husband, Dr. Tom King (Glenn Ford), she begins to build a new career by singing to servicemen who, like herself, are confined to wheelchairs. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,367,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The vocal student of Mme. Gilly (Ann Codee) who can't seem to hit the right note, which Marjorie Lawrence can, is Eileen Farrell, who dubbed Eleanor Parker's singing voice in the movie's arias. See more »

Goofs

When Marjorie 'Margie' Lawrence takes a same-day return trip by steam train from her merino sheep farm at Winchelsea to Geelong, she does so on Anzac Day. At 4 minutes 12 seconds, the sign says "Friday April 25". The first Anzac Day was on 25th April 1916. Friday 25th April 1924 is the only possible Friday Anzac Day. See more »

Quotes

Marjorie Lawrence: [drinking champagne] Tonight I love the whole world and I want them to know it.
Dr. Thomas King: And tomorrow you'll have a monumental hangover.
Marjorie Lawrence: That's the advantage of going out with doctors.
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Connections

Featured in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltzing Matilda
(1903) (uncredited)
Lyrics by A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (1895)
Original music by Christina McPherson, revised music by Marie Cowan
Based on the Scottish folk tune "Craigielee"
Sung by Eleanor Parker (dubbed by Eileen Farrell) and chorus
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They don't make beautiful films like this anymore
1 September 2006 | by belcanto26See all my reviews

This film will always have a great significance to me because it introduced me to the beauty of opera. Marjorie Lawrence was a major soprano with the Metropolitan Opera, and her career was cut short by polio while she was still in her vocal prime. Her story is told with great sensitivity and warmth. The operatic scenes are done to perfection, with the superb soprano Eileen Farrell doing the vocals. Eleanor Parker is seen here in what must be her greatest work as an actress. Parker was a great, if somewhat under-appreciated actress, and she was a beautiful woman. Of course, it is she who dominates the movie. Glenn Ford provides excellent support as her doctor husband who guides her back to her career. When this film was released, I was ten years old, and kept going back again and again to see it over and over. I loved the music, loved the story, and will forever be indebted to it for having introduced me to the beauty of grand opera. If I had to choose a film as the most important of my life, it would have to be this one.


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