The Melody Man (1930)

68 mins | Drama | 15 January 1930

Director:

Roy William Neill

Producer:

Harry Cohn

Editor:

Len Wheeler

Production Designer:

Harrison Wiley

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
Full page view
HISTORY

According to the Var review, which listed the title as Melody Man , the film included a color sequence "at the opening" that ran for approximately twelve minutes. The play The Melody Man , written by composers Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart under the joint pseudonym of Herbert Richard Lorenz, starred Lew Fields in its short Broadway run. Fields also starred in a roadshow version of the play that was entitled Henky and was staged in Chicago and other cities in ... More Less

According to the Var review, which listed the title as Melody Man , the film included a color sequence "at the opening" that ran for approximately twelve minutes. The play The Melody Man , written by composers Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart under the joint pseudonym of Herbert Richard Lorenz, starred Lew Fields in its short Broadway run. Fields also starred in a roadshow version of the play that was entitled Henky and was staged in Chicago and other cities in 1924. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
16 Feb 1930.
---
Variety
26 Feb 1930
p. 29.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITER
Cont and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Sd mix eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Melody Man by Herbert Richard Lorenz[pseud. of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart] (New York, 13 May 1924).
SONGS
"Broken Dreams, " by Ballard MacDonald, Arthur Johnston and Dave Dreyer.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 January 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 February 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1090
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black & white with color sequences
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
68
Length(in feet):
6,386
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Earl von Kemper, a famous Viennese composer, has scored a great success with his Dream Rhapsody at a concert for the emperor and empress, but when he finds the woman he loves entertaining Crown Prince Friedrich in her boudoir, he shoots and kills him and escapes to the United States with his daughter. Fifteen years later, in New York, the musician is earning his living by playing his violin, with Gustav and Adolph, at a small restaurant. Elsa, his talented daughter, becomes acquainted with Al Tyler, a young jazz musician, and secretly arranges scores for his band; when they replace Kemper's trio at the café, he refuses to let his daughter associate with the jazz artists. Al happens to hear Dream Rhapsody, and Elsa arranges a jazz version that Al makes famous; but Baden, the Austrian Minister of Police, hears and recognizes it. Kemper, about to be apprehended, leaves the young lovers on the pretext of returning for a European ... +


Earl von Kemper, a famous Viennese composer, has scored a great success with his Dream Rhapsody at a concert for the emperor and empress, but when he finds the woman he loves entertaining Crown Prince Friedrich in her boudoir, he shoots and kills him and escapes to the United States with his daughter. Fifteen years later, in New York, the musician is earning his living by playing his violin, with Gustav and Adolph, at a small restaurant. Elsa, his talented daughter, becomes acquainted with Al Tyler, a young jazz musician, and secretly arranges scores for his band; when they replace Kemper's trio at the café, he refuses to let his daughter associate with the jazz artists. Al happens to hear Dream Rhapsody, and Elsa arranges a jazz version that Al makes famous; but Baden, the Austrian Minister of Police, hears and recognizes it. Kemper, about to be apprehended, leaves the young lovers on the pretext of returning for a European engagement. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.