Stolen Heaven (1938)

85 or 88 mins | Drama | 13 May 1938

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HISTORY

According to a pre-release article, Hooper Atchley was scheduled to appear in the film. Olympe Bradna's onscreen credit reads "Steffi...Portrayed by Hollywood's Newest Star...OLYMPE ... More Less

According to a pre-release article, Hooper Atchley was scheduled to appear in the film. Olympe Bradna's onscreen credit reads "Steffi...Portrayed by Hollywood's Newest Star...OLYMPE BRADNA." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Apr 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
25 Apr 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Dec 37
pp. 14-15.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Jan 38
pp. 14-15.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Apr 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
20 Apr 38
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Feb 38
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald
23 Apr 38
p. 40, 44
New York Times
12 May 38
p. 27.
Variety
27 Apr 38
p. 22.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus adviser
DANCE
Dances staged by
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Liebestraum," Second Hungarian Rhapsody and Sixth Hungarian Rhapsody by Franz Liszt
Waltz in C Sharp Minor and Fantasie Impromptu by Frédéric Chopin
"Nocturn" by Edvard Grieg
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MUSIC
"Liebestraum," Second Hungarian Rhapsody and Sixth Hungarian Rhapsody by Franz Liszt
Waltz in C Sharp Minor and Fantasie Impromptu by Frédéric Chopin
"Nocturn" by Edvard Grieg
"Valse in E" by Alexander Moszkowski
additional music by Richard Wagner and Johann Strauss.
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SONGS
"Boys in the Band," words and music by Frank Loesser and Manning Sherwin.
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 May 1938
Production Date:
late December 1937--early February 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 May 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8036
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85 or 88
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4118
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

The infamous jewel thief "Will O'the Wisp," works with her partner Carl at a beer garden in Austria under the name of Steffi. They are nearly arrested while they are singing onstage at the beer garden after cleverly robbing a jewelry store during intermission, but escape with their partners Von, Rita and Bako. They split up in the woods after arranging to meet in a nearby town. Carl and Steffi follow the sound of classical piano music to a remote cottage. There they meet elderly Langauer, a famous concert pianist who retired from playing when he began to lose his memory and faltered during performances. Steffi is a great admirer of Langauer, and with her help, he is able to play complete concertos on the piano. Unaware that Steffi and Carl are fugitives, Langauer, who is normally a hermit, graciously accepts them into his home as guests, with the assistance of his maid Lieschen. After the police come and Carl and Steffi successfully avoid recognition, they leave Langauer's home and meet up with their partners, whereupon they decide to return to Langauer, because their way across the border is barred by electrified fences. Von poses as a manager and promises Langauer to help him back onto the concert circuit, but when the news is leaked to the press, the imposters are inundated with reporters and friends of Langauer. One friend, Polesie, becomes suspicious of Von and investigates. Steffi is hearbroken, however, because she realizes that her cohorts have no intention of going through with the concert plans, and that Langauer will be hurt. The local burgomaster organizes a festival in Langauer's ... +


The infamous jewel thief "Will O'the Wisp," works with her partner Carl at a beer garden in Austria under the name of Steffi. They are nearly arrested while they are singing onstage at the beer garden after cleverly robbing a jewelry store during intermission, but escape with their partners Von, Rita and Bako. They split up in the woods after arranging to meet in a nearby town. Carl and Steffi follow the sound of classical piano music to a remote cottage. There they meet elderly Langauer, a famous concert pianist who retired from playing when he began to lose his memory and faltered during performances. Steffi is a great admirer of Langauer, and with her help, he is able to play complete concertos on the piano. Unaware that Steffi and Carl are fugitives, Langauer, who is normally a hermit, graciously accepts them into his home as guests, with the assistance of his maid Lieschen. After the police come and Carl and Steffi successfully avoid recognition, they leave Langauer's home and meet up with their partners, whereupon they decide to return to Langauer, because their way across the border is barred by electrified fences. Von poses as a manager and promises Langauer to help him back onto the concert circuit, but when the news is leaked to the press, the imposters are inundated with reporters and friends of Langauer. One friend, Polesie, becomes suspicious of Von and investigates. Steffi is hearbroken, however, because she realizes that her cohorts have no intention of going through with the concert plans, and that Langauer will be hurt. The local burgomaster organizes a festival in Langauer's honor, and there the pianist gives his premiere performance. Von, Bako and Rita escape during the rush of the crowd and the festivities, but Steffi stays behind, insisting that she help Langauer through the performance. Carl also stays behind, and when Steffi is arrested and Langauer falters, Carl accompanies him on the violin to lead him back to the music score. Carl then gives himself up, and the town officials hint they may go easier on Carl and Steffi because of their self-sacrifice. His confidence restored, Langauer successfully completes his concert. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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