Dreaming Lips (1937)

70, 90 or 93 mins | Melodrama | 28 May 1937

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HISTORY

HR reports that Elisabeth Bergner's participation in this film was a fulfillment of a one-picture contract with United Artists, which was initially believed to be a personal contract with United Artists executive partner Samuel Goldwyn. Contemporary reviews note that the film is a recreation of the 1932 German version of the same material, entitled Der Traumende Mund , which was also directed by Paul Czinner and starred Bergner and Rudolf Foster. Some critics claimed that Bergner recreated her original performance "gesture for gesture." According to ^MPH , the London Pavilion premiere of this film was the first public appearance of Queen Mother Mary after the death of King George V. Var stated that the London Symphony Orchestra performed in the film. The American version of this film was approximately twenty minutes shorter than the English version. According to modern sources, United Artists had great difficulty distributing the film in the United States, as many exhibitors refused the film, claiming it "was unfit to be shown." A French version, Melo , made in 1932, starred Gaby Morlay and Maria Fromet, and was also directed by Czinner. Modern sources indicate that the film was reissued in Great Britain in ... More Less

HR reports that Elisabeth Bergner's participation in this film was a fulfillment of a one-picture contract with United Artists, which was initially believed to be a personal contract with United Artists executive partner Samuel Goldwyn. Contemporary reviews note that the film is a recreation of the 1932 German version of the same material, entitled Der Traumende Mund , which was also directed by Paul Czinner and starred Bergner and Rudolf Foster. Some critics claimed that Bergner recreated her original performance "gesture for gesture." According to ^MPH , the London Pavilion premiere of this film was the first public appearance of Queen Mother Mary after the death of King George V. Var stated that the London Symphony Orchestra performed in the film. The American version of this film was approximately twenty minutes shorter than the English version. According to modern sources, United Artists had great difficulty distributing the film in the United States, as many exhibitors refused the film, claiming it "was unfit to be shown." A French version, Melo , made in 1932, starred Gaby Morlay and Maria Fromet, and was also directed by Czinner. Modern sources indicate that the film was reissued in Great Britain in 1944. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
LOCATION
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12-Jun-37
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Film Daily
20 May 37
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Aug 36
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Sep 36
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jan 37
p. 31.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Feb 37
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Feb 37
p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Mar 37
p. 42, 44
New York Times
20 May 37
p. 17.
Variety
10 Feb 37
p. 14.
Variety
26 May 37
p. 14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 May 1937
Premiere Information:
London premiere: 2 February 1937
New York opening: week of 19 May 1937
Copyright Claimant:
Trafalgar Film Productions, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
29 June 1937
Copyright Number:
LP7312
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70, 90 or 93
Countries:
United Kingdom, United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Gaby is the young wife of orchestra violinist Peter Lawrence. Peter is thrilled to learn that his old school friend, famous violinist Miguel de Vavo, is coming to play a concert with his orchestra. Peter insists that Gaby hear his friend play, and she is immediately entranced by Miguel's music. The two fall in love and decide to confront her husband with the truth, but Peter suddenly falls gravely ill. Gaby is unwilling to leave her husband in his hour of need and becomes his nurse and constant companion, devoting herself fully to his recovery. Miguel leaves for a tour of America, but his love for Gaby is too strong to keep him away from her. Upon her lover's return, Gaby becomes torn between her desire for the violinist and her loyalty to her husband. Mentally and physically exhausted, she commits suicide by throwing herself in the Thames River, taking her secret with ... +


Gaby is the young wife of orchestra violinist Peter Lawrence. Peter is thrilled to learn that his old school friend, famous violinist Miguel de Vavo, is coming to play a concert with his orchestra. Peter insists that Gaby hear his friend play, and she is immediately entranced by Miguel's music. The two fall in love and decide to confront her husband with the truth, but Peter suddenly falls gravely ill. Gaby is unwilling to leave her husband in his hour of need and becomes his nurse and constant companion, devoting herself fully to his recovery. Miguel leaves for a tour of America, but his love for Gaby is too strong to keep him away from her. Upon her lover's return, Gaby becomes torn between her desire for the violinist and her loyalty to her husband. Mentally and physically exhausted, she commits suicide by throwing herself in the Thames River, taking her secret with her. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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